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Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Serves 6
Prep & Cook TIme: 40 Mintues

Ingredients:
1 small eggplant, peeled and 3/4-inch diced
1 red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup 274th Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Fleur de Sel de Noirmoutier
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black Tellicherry Pepper
1/2 pound Plain Orzo

For the dressing:
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/3 cup 274th Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Fleur de Sel de Noirmoutier
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black Tellicherry Pepper

To assemble:
4 scallions, minced (white and green parts)
1/4 cup Pine Nuts, toasted
3/4 pound Bulgarian Feta cheese, diced (not crumbled)
15 fresh basil leaves, cut into julienne strips


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the 274th Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fleur de Sel de Noirmoutier, and Tellicherry Pepper on a large sheet pan. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.

Meanwhile, cook the Orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the roasted vegetables to the Orzo, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.

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.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Ina Garten, "Barefoot Contessa Parties".

Products suggested for this recipe:

Fleur de Sel de Noirmoutier
A natural complement to most items, the light crystals form a fine film on the edges of the salt ponds and float in small patches on the water.
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Plain Orzo
Although it is shaped like rice, Orzo is made from Durum Wheat Flour (Semolina) – making it a form of pasta.
From $2.45


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Peppercorns
Green, Pink, White, Tellicherry and Szechuan Peppercorns: sold separately or as a mix.
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