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Friday, May 29, 2009

Tomato, Zucchini, and Olive Orzo

I found this recipe quite a while ago on the Williams-Sonoma website. It's supposed to be "Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Olives," but I didn't feel like thawing chicken the day I made this, so I decided to adapt it to a meatless pasta dish using orzo because 1) the recipe suggests to serve with either rice or orzo, and 2) I've been on a big orzo kick lately! This was delicious! I've made it several times now, and I love taking the leftovers for lunch.
Tomato, Zucchini, and Olive Orzo

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 zucchini, diced (I've also tried adding yellow squash as well)
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 package small tomatoes, such as grape or Sweet 100s
2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped black Mediterranean olives
1 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dry rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup orzo pasta

Note: I didn't feel the rosemary flavor was necessary, so you can omit it unless you love rosemary.

1. Start a pot of water to boil for the pasta.

2. Add oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high. Add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 1 minute. Cook pasta.

3. Add the tomatoes, olives, and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are heated through but not collapsed, about 2 minutes. (I cooked longer because I prefer the tomatoes that way). Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the white wine and cook for a few minutes until some evaporates and a nice sauce is left. Add the cooked orzo, stir to combine and remove from heat. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Source: Adapted from Williams-Sonoma


  1. Yum!! I am always looking for new orzo recipes. I'm not a huge fan of olives, so I would probably leave those out... and maybe use basil instead of the rosemary. This is definitely a great lunch idea!

  2. Seems like a nice summertime lunch. I love orzo.

  3. Leftovers for lunch are my favorite! And this looks like the sort of dish that is even better the next day! I love all the veggies.

  4. ohh I have been on an Orzo kick too! looks yummy

  5. This looks so delicious! I love orzo. I will have to try this version with the tomato and zucchini!

  6. I'd love to have this for lunch! Looks healthy & light too.

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