CREAMY ORZO PASTA WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

 CREAMY ORZO PASTA WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

  This creamy orzo pasta with roasted butternut squash, kale, fresh sage and Parmesan cheese ticks all the boxes! Delicious, full of nutrients and an incredibly satisfying autumn favourite.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients :

  1. 2 tsbp olive oil, divided
  2. 1 butternut squash Large, approximately 2 lbs
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 2 shallots
  5. 2-3 cloves garlic
  6. 10 leaves sage, divided or 0.5 tsp dried sage
  7. 500g/2.5 cups orzo
  8. 1 litre +250ml/5 cups vegetable stock plus 0.5 cup if needed
  9. 100g/1cup kale, chopped I used cavolo nero
  10. 50g/3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
CREAMY ORZO PASTA WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
CREAMY ORZO PASTA WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Instructions :

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F.   Peel, de-seed and cut butternut squash into bite-sized cubes, season with salt, pepper and 1 tbsp of olive oil or low calorie spray. Arrange on a shallow pan, scatter 4-5 sage leaves throughout and roast at 200C/400F for 45 minutes or until golden.
  2. 20 minutes before the squash is done, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a deep pan and saute chopped shallots, garlic and remaining minced sage leaves over low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add vegetables stock, salt and kale, bring to a boil, add orzo and cook according to package instructions for approximately 7-8 minutes until tender but al dente. Stir the orzo throughout the cooking process to release starch and to avoid it sticking to the bottom of a pan. If the mixture looks too thick add ½ cup of vegetable stock or water to maintain creamy, risotto like consistency. Take off the heat and stir in Parmesan cheese, salt to taste and top with roasted butternut squash.


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