Orzo with Butternut Squash

This simple and delicious dish featuring a fresh fall and winter vegetable is made in two steps; you can roast the squash ahead of time if you wish.

Makes 4 side-dish servings; double the recipe if serving as a main course.

Orzo with Butternut Squash

2 tbsp olive oil, divided
4 cups butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1 shallot
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
3/4 cup orzo pasta
1 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

First, prepare the squash:
Preheat the oven to 400. Peel the squash, remove the seeds, and cut the squash into small pieces (about 3/4-inch dice). Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss in 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Roast on a shallow pan about 45 minutes or until golden and tender but not caramelized.

Prepare the vegetables:
Peel and thinly slice the shallots.
Peel and finely dice the onion.
Mince the garlic.

Prepare the orzo:
About 20 minutes before the squash is done, heat the remaining olive oil in a medium saucepan. Saute the onions 2 minutes; add shallots and cook 2-3 minutes more before adding garlic. When garlic softens but before it turns brown, add orzo to the pan and stir to combine. Add stock and seasonings; cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until orzo is thoroughly cooked. When the orzo is done, stir in Parmesan cheese and top with roasted squash.

Copyright 2020 Barb Szyszkiewicz
Photo copyright 2020 Barb Szyszkiewicz for Cook and Count. All rights reserved.

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