Make sure you prep all of your vegetables before you start cooking – cut everything into a small dice except for the garlic and parsley which you’ll want to mince.
All you need is one large skillet to cook everything – add the garlic after the other vegetables start softening up so it doesn’t burn…
…and add the herbs toward the end to keep them bright. I used both parsley and basil because I had them in my garden. After mixing the cooked vegetables with the cooked orzo, I used some of the pasta water I had reserved to make a little bit of sauce and then topped the whole thing with some freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
This dish is satisfying enough to be a vegetarian dinner entree and light enough for a summer lunch. Hope you enjoy it!
Summer Vegetable Orzo
8 ounces orzo, cooked and drained, reserve 1 cup cooking water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 carrots, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1/4 cup basil leaves, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
extra virgin olive oil, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add carrots, squash, zucchini and onion and cook until slightly softened. Add garlic, parsley, and basil and cook a few more minutes. Add pasta water as desired to make a light sauce and season with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Toss with grated cheese and serve.