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Baked Orzo with Zucchini

30 MINUTES OR LESSThis simple dish comes together in minutes and calls for a light soup or tossed green salad and hot Italian bread with olive oil for dunking. It also makes a great buffet party dish, as it can feed a group when served with other fare.

Ingredients: 

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2 cups dried tri-colored or plain orzo
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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2 tsps. minced garlic
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1 large leek, thinly sliced
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2 zucchini, thinly sliced
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1 cup chunky marinara sauce
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2 cups shredded, low-fat mozzarella
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½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil heatproof baking dish.
  2. Heat water in covered saucepan. When at a rapid boil, cook orzo until almost tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in skillet over medium heat and sauté garlic, leeks and zucchini slices for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Drain orzo and place in baking dish. Stir in marinara sauce, salt and pepper and spice mix. Top with half the cheese.
  5. Arrange zucchini and leek slices on top of orzo, and top with remaining mozzarella.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until mozzarella melts. During last 5 minutes, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Wine Suggestions
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Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
440
Protein: 
20 g
Total Fat: 
18 g
Saturated Fat: 
7 g
Carbohydrates: 
42 g
Cholesterol: 
25 mg
Sodium: 
780 mg
Fiber: 
4 g
Sugar: 
g
Yield: 
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Yum. I'm vegan so I skipped the cheese. I wasn't in the mood for fake cheese. I substituted celery for leeks. I skipped adding salt to taste. I added some pine nuts for protein.

i LOVE ZUCCHINI AND ORZO, SO THIS DISH WAS AN "ABSOLUTE" FOR ME....THANKS !!!!

This dish was great - I did not use a leek but it still turned out wonderful. It was so easy and quick to prepare. I would suggest cutting the amount of cheese in half though; I thought that the 2 cups was a bit overwhelming for the dish (plus made it heavier and less healthy). Definitely try this out!

Loved it! I left out the leek and cut the amount of cheese in half, using daiya mozzarella to make this dish vegan. Very easy to make and great left over!