One Pan Zucchini Pesto Orzo Casserole recipe is bright, fresh, healthy, flavorful, and easy to put together! This summer dinner is packed with summer produce, zucchini, yellow squash, and basil.
ZUCCHINI PESTO ORZO CASSEROLE
My new favorite pasta is orzo. It doesn’t really cook faster than other pasta, but it cooks about 10 minutes faster than rice.
This recipe cooks in 20 minutes and takes just under 10 minutes to prep depending on how quickly you slice. Therefore, you can have this casserole on the table in less than 20 minutes.
Actually, even though it is meatless, we have it as our meal. You can always serve it alongside chicken, fish, or other protein.
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS CASSEROLE
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- Zucchini or yellow squash.
- Olive oil.
- Shallot. You can use onion.
- Seasoning. I used salt, pepper, low sodium Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper.
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ZUCCHINI PESTO ORZO CASSEROLE
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- 2 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium shallot chopped
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon low salt Cajun seasoning
- 1 and ½ cup cheese grated
- 8 ounces pesto
- 1 pound dried orzo
- 2 and ½ cups water
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, combine the zucchini, olive oil, garlic, shallots, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Take the zucchini out of the oven. To the same pan, add the orzo and pesto. Pour over 2 and 1/2 cups of water over the ingredients and stir to combine.
- Return the dish to the oven and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Most of the water should be cooked into the pasta at this point. There may be a little in the bottom of the dish, but that's okay.
- Stir the pasta around, then sprinkle over the cheese.
- Bake another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling. If there's a lot of oil from the pesto on top, drain off the excess. Top with fresh basil!
Fast and easy, used 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning since the amount was not listed in the ingredients. Loved the texture and I did use mozzerella cheese.
Renee Gambrell says
No pesto in the ingredient list.