Orzo and courgette bake – 20 mins prep/30 mins cooking

orzo courgette bake

Everyone agrees this is a lovely dish and it is so straightforward to make.  My friend Agnes recommended orzo (thank you Agnes!) – it is pasta but looks like rice, and has a very satisfying consistency.  It is traditionally used in soups but also works in pasta bakes and as a quicker alternative to rice in risotto.

Because orzo is so small it is handy to use when cooking for babies and young children, and in this dish the grated courgette is a simple way of sneaking in veg!  You can use other types of pasta if you can’t find orzo.  It serves 4-6 people and at less than £1 per head it is a budget meal too.  Yum!


300g orzo pasta

300ml low fat crème fraiche

1 large courgette, grated

A good sprinkle of dried mixed herbs

Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

50g cheddar, grated

1 reduced salt veg stock cube, crumbled

Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6.

Cook the orzo according to the pack instructions, drain and transfer to a casserole dish.  Pour in the crème fraiche/cream and add the grated courgette and lemon zest.  Mix well.  Crumble in the stock cubes and add some extra water if it needs it – you want the dish to be moist but not watery.  Add a little salt and some pepper and mix again.  Sprinkle the cheese on top.

Bake in the oven for approx. 30 mins, until just browned (I finished mine off under the grill for extra colour but you may not need to).  Serve with salad or veggie sausages.


9 thoughts on “Orzo and courgette bake – 20 mins prep/30 mins cooking

  1. I made this with broccoli as they needed using up and it is indeed delicious and easy to make. I like the texture. Great for kids too.

  2. At Katie’s for Christmas Day, we had this dish (amongst others) and it is just DELICIOUS!! And, also, not heavy. Loved it so much, we tried to get the ingredient for it on our way back to Glos cos wanted it again so much! Can’t wait to have it again. 🙂

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