Orzo Casserole with Summer Squash and Carrots

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  • Yield: 8 servings

In his book, Crazy for Casseroles, James Villas could easily have been referring to this casserole when he wrote, “it is comfort food at its best.” Serve with crusty rolls and salad as a main dish or as a side with garlicky pork or simple roasted chicken.


1 1/2cups (10-ounces) uncooked orzo
1tablespoon olive oil
2medium summer squash (1 pound total), quartered lenghtwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 1/2cups thinly sliced carrots
1-- (14 1/2-ounce) can diced, peeled tomatoes or 1 3/4 cups diced, peeled tomatoes
1cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1teaspoon dried herbes de Provence
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
1/4teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 3/4cups (7-ounces) shredded fonina cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Grease a 3-quart baking dish.
  2. Cook orzo according to package directions.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add squash and carrots; cook, mixing occasionally, 9 minutes or until squash is browned in spots and nearly tender. 
  4. Transfer vegetables to bowl with orzo; add undrained tomatoes, feta, parsley, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper and mix to combine. 
  5. Spoon half the pasta into baking dish.  Sprinkle with half the fontina. Top with remaining pasta and fontina.  Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes or until cheese melts and casserole is hot. 

Recipe by Jean Kressy.


Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 310
  • Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 654mg
  • Carbohydrate 32g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 15g