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Roasted Zucchini and Walnut Orzo

Makes 4 servings

This winning combination of vegetables and nuts was improvised by Laura Sabo.

 1 1/4 pounds zucchini
 2 teaspoons olive oil
  About 1/8 teaspoon salt
  About 1/8 teaspoon pepper
 1/2 cup walnut pieces, coarsely chopped
 4 3/4 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth or vegetable broth
 2 cups dried orzo pasta
 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 2 teaspoons walnut oil
Step 1

Rinse and dry zucchini; cut each in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a bowl, mix zucchini with olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Divide mixture equally between two baking sheets, each 12 by 15 inches, and spread zucchini in a single layer.

Step 2

Bake in a 400° regular or convection oven until zucchini is tender when pierced, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour back into bowl. Rinse and dry one baking sheet.

Step 3

Put walnut pieces on clean baking sheet and bake in a 350° oven until pale gold beneath skins, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring broth to a boil. Add orzo, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until orzo is tender to bite and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Stir zucchini, walnuts, lemon juice, and walnut oil into orzo. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 4 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 515Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%

Saturated Fat 1.6g8%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 176mg8%
Total Carbohydrate 71g24%

Dietary Fiber 3.5g15%
Protein 24g48%

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