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Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans

Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans.

Roasted butternut squash tossed with orzo pasta and creamy, protein-rich white beans, topped with salty shaved parmesan. Fall comfort food at its finest.

Inspired by mom. Loved by both my boys. Orzo with Butternut Squash, White Beans and Parmesan via JennySheaRawn.comFor as long as I can remember, my mom has been roasting veggies. Lots of veggies. Multiple baking sheets of veggies at a time. Brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, onions, butternut squash … you name it. With lots of garlic salt and rosemary. Crispy, caramelized veggies … the best. Now we roast veggies the same way.

Roasted veggies is still one of my favorite smells and it always reminds me of mom’s cooking, especially in the cooler fall months and around the holidays. Another food and favorite smell in the kitchen is pasta – orzo pasta. Though we had all types of pasta growing up, orzo is one of my favorites and mom made the best orzo – tossed with butter and parmesan cheese. The ultimate in comfort food.

This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is First Cooking Recollections: stir up some of your earliest culinary recollections. So, it’s only right to combine two of the dishes that remind me of mom into one warming, fall-inspired, plant-powered dish.

This Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans is also one of Adrian and Lucca’s favorite dishes. Lucca loves pasta …. surprise, surprise. He has started to throw his veggies (especially anything green) on the ground (sigh) while shoveling the pasta into his mouth. And he loves butternut squash – we went out to a local pub in NH this past weekend and he ate an entire bowl of it himself. So, this Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans is a dream for Lucca. He even ate the white beans, probably because he thought they were orzo, but hey…whatever works. I’ve been adding more beans to his diet (usually black beans) and normally they end up on the floor with the veggies.

Orzo with Butternut Squash, White Beans and Parmesan via JennySheaRawn.comThis Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans is simple to make. Roast the squash until nice and caramelized, toss with cooked orzo and canned white beans, then top with shaved parmesan. This dish would be really good (and even better for you) with baby spinach tossed in as well – but Lucca would definitely not eat that (not yet, at least), so we didn’t go that route.

Make this dish as a side or a vegetarian main course and serve with a nice leafy green salad.

Here’s how to make this Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans:

Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 10

Orzo with Butternut Squash and White Beans

Ingredients

  • • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • • 1 16 oz box orzo pasta
  • • 1 15.5 oz can small white beans, drained and rinsed
  • • Shaved parmesan cheese (for serving)
  • • Extra virgin olive oil
  • • Salt
  • • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Toss squash with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, or until squash is tender and caramelized, flipping pieces halfway through cooking time.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Meanwhile, cook orzo according to directions on the box until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine squash, orzo and white beans. Toss.
  6. Top with shaved parmesan. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with additional extra virgin olive oil, if desired.
  7. Serve.

Notes

A few readers have offered suggestions to improve this dish - Hope Walker suggested adding crispy bacon and/or sautéed garlicky mushrooms - love that! Another reader suggested adding brown butter fried sage on top - cannot wait to try that too!

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  • Laura September 22, 2016, 10:46 am

    This looks SO delicious! I love orzo and everything else about this dish is perfect for fall!

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:13 am

      @Laura, thank you!

  • Mary Ellen @ VNutrition September 22, 2016, 2:07 pm

    Looks tasty and so easy to make!

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:11 am

      @MaryEllen, thank you!

  • Serena September 22, 2016, 3:01 pm

    I know butternut squash grow everywhere. But they always make me think of New England falltime. And this looks like New England fall time on a plate: Gorgeous photos! Looks yummy too. My kids aren’t big on mixing in baby spinach either. But they’d like your version here!

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:13 am

      @Serena, thank you! I know … butternut squash has such a New England feel – always reminds me of NH!

  • Julie Harrington September 22, 2016, 5:06 pm

    Yum I can’t wait to cook a lot of butternut squash this fall. I love this recipe.

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:11 am

      @Julie, thank you!

  • Kelli September 22, 2016, 8:25 pm

    This looks so simply Fall! And I love the minimal number of ingredients. What a wonderful weeknight dinner idea 🙂

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:10 am

      @Kelli, thanks so much! Love fall flavors!

  • Ariella Nelson September 23, 2016, 12:52 am

    This looks incredible. Can’t wait to give it a try.

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:09 am

      @Ariella, thank you! Let me know if you try!

  • diane September 23, 2016, 7:37 am

    I love orzo and butternut squash; this is a must make this fall.

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 10:08 am

      @Diane, thank you! Hope you try it!

  • Serena September 26, 2016, 3:59 pm

    PS. I just noticed that BEAUTIFUL spoon in your shots. Wow. Family heirloom – or New England antique market find? (:

    • Jenny Rawn September 27, 2016, 9:58 am

      @Serena, thank you! It was a wedding gift from a family friend – a beautiful tomato spoon :). We love it!

  • Anna-Maria Basom November 26, 2017, 2:37 pm

    This was very good. I added browned-butter sage leaves on top–even better!

    • Jenny Rawn November 26, 2017, 9:42 pm

      @Anna-Maria- thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it! And LOVE the idea of browned butter sage leaves … definitely trying that next time!

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