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Roasted Broccoli Orzo

Roasted Broccoli Orzo

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


Ready in 20 minutes, this roasted broccoli orzo has plenty of lemon, garlic, parsley, scallions and almonds. It can be served as a vegan side or main.


  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teapsoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss the broccoli with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper on a sheet pan. Spread into a single layer. Roast for 8-10 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green with only a few of the edges browned.
  3. While the broccoli is roasting, cook the orzo until al dente according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water in a colander or strainer.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the garlic for 30 seconds letting it get fragrant. Stir in the orzo and the lemon juice. Give the orzo a minute to absorb the juice.
  5. Fold in the broccoli, scallions, parsley and almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste.