Pesto Orzo with Roasted Zucchini


I made up this recipe after finding out the health benefits of orzo. This is really tasty and light at the same time, a great dinner dish that will leave you asking for more--thankfully, it tastes even better for lunch the next day!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon

  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped

  • ½ cup pesto sauce

  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Place zucchini in a bowl and season with 2 tablespoons oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until all slices are moistened. Spread on a large baking sheet.

  3. Roast zucchini in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip the slices and continue roasting until tender and browned, about 10 minutes more.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add orzo and vegetable bouillon; cook until orzo is tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  5. Heat remaining olive oil in a large frying pan and cook onion until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in pesto sauce. Cut zucchini rounds into 4 pieces and add to the frying pan. Add cooked orzo, stirring until it absorbs the pesto sauce. Add cherry tomatoes last; stir for about 30 seconds. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

536 Calories
33g Fat
48g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 536
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 28mg 141%
Calcium 283mg 22%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 556mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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