Friday, March 19, 2010

Jillian and Ina's Orzo Salad :)

We were at our friends, Mike and Jillian's house last night for a little backyard dinner. Jillian made this amazing dish. I couldn't stop telling her how good the orzo was... It was quite ridiculous, it really was so good I couldn't stop talking about it. So here it is. This dish is the perfect summer salad and a great thing to accompany any meat on the grill or a yummy sandwich...
 and of course it's good, it's a Ina Garten recipe :)

Ina Garten's Orzo with Roasted Vegetables
1 small eggplant, peeled and ¾-inch diced
1 medium red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 medium red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup good olive oil
1½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ lb orzo
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/3 cup good olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 whole scallions (white and green parts)
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
¾ lb good feta, ½-inch diced (not crumbled)
15 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Toss eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt and pepper on a large baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.
3. Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
4. Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.
5. For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables. Let cool to room temperature, then add the scallions, pine nuts, feta and basil. Check the seasonings and serve at room temperature.
Servings: 6
Cooking Tips
*Add the dressing when the orzo is still warm so it absorbs into the pasta.
**This dish is even better made in advance; just check the seasonings and add the pine nuts, feta and basil leaves at the last minute.
Recipe Source: Barefoot Contessa Parties!

Enjoy! cj


L a u r a said...

Oh, I can see making this soon...and often. I can feel the warm (okay, HOT) TX weather coming, and this will definitely hit the spot. Thanks for the great idea!

Carly Jean Brannon said...

You will love it Laura! It's delish!