Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas

by Marla on March 11, 2013 · 42 comments

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Not sure ’bout you guys, but geesh have things been busy around here. Weekdays and weekends are full of outdoors fun.

Between the excellent skiing & my visits to North Rim Hunt Club….it is rare that I am home.

Being in the house to cook usually happens aprés ski. I enjoy winding down while buzzing around the kitchen. Meals need  to be simple, healthy, delicious and at the ready at all times. My Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas recipe will give ya great energy for BIG days on or off the slopes. It’s perfect for picnics & travel too!

Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas | Vegan Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas | Vegan Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Isn’t it great when you have a recipe like this ~ one that you can enjoy as a chilled pasta salad or a warming winters meal? Versatility is a happy thing around here.

Orzo is the perfect teeny tiny pasta that can be mixed with all sorts of ingredients.

Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas | Vegan Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Toasted pine nuts are gonna up the anti for this pasta. If you don’t have these, use another nut. Chopped walnuts and pecans would be great too.

Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas | Vegan Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

What are some of your favorite orzo pasta recipes?

Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas | Vegan Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Chickpeas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (226 g) Orzo Pasta
  • 15 ounces (425 g) canned Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), rinsed & drained
  • 1 head Broccoli, cut into small florets
  • Curry Powder
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup (57 g) Toasted Pine Nuts

Method

  • Preheat oven to 375 F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Cook orzo pasta, toss with olive oil and set aside. Dry chickpeas with paper towels. Toss broccoli and chickpeas with olive oil, curry powder, garlic powder and pepper. Roast about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and soft.
  • Toss orzo with roasted broccoli & chickpeas. To taste: mix with lemon juice and additional curry powder, pepper and garlic salt if needed. Top with toasted pine nuts.
  • Toasted Pine Nuts
  • In a small skillet heat pine nuts over medium low heat for a few minute until slightly browned. Stir and shake the pan so they do not burn.
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1 Rosa March 11, 2013 at 5:53 am

A tasty combination and dish! Scrumptious.

Cheerss,

Rosa

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2 Cookin Canuck March 11, 2013 at 5:53 am

It sounds as though you are thoroughly enjoying your new home, Marla…so happy for you! This salad sounds like something I could happily munch on all day, and I absolutely adore that photo of the broccoli in the little satchel.

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3 Marian (Sweetopia) March 11, 2013 at 6:13 am

Orzo is something I’d like to start making more – thanks for the recipe, it looks so good!

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4 Aggie March 11, 2013 at 6:32 am

Orzo is a favorite of mine, this dish looks awesome Marla!

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5 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

I absolutely love orzo – one of my favorite shapes, that’s for sure! Apres ski is the best time to cook…but there’s a lot to be said about a nice warm toddy too ;)

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6 Aimee @ Simple Bites March 11, 2013 at 6:55 am

This is going on the menu plan for the week, Marla. Great flavor and texture combination; we love all of these ingredients!

In summer I do an orzo pasta salad with plenty of lemon zest, cherry tomatoes and artichoke hearts. It’s fresh and always disappears fast!

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7 Maria March 11, 2013 at 7:12 am

I want this for lunch!

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8 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

We must both have springy pasta on the brain today. This is gorgeous!

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9 Jenny Flake March 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

Love Love Love this Marla! Looks amazing :)

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10 Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

Nice and simple, healthy and tasty!

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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

Yum, all my faves in one dish! Pinned!

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12 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

I just bought orzo so this is perfect! Just need to convince my Hubby that chickpeas are good! :)

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13 Gaby March 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

Looks like such a simple yet delicious dinner :) I would love to have this after a day on the slopes!!

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14 Julie @ Table for Two March 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

oh wow, i can see how hearty this is and filling! i’m always looking for healthy dishes that fill me up so i don’t miss having sweets :) this looks gorgeous!!

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15 Marla March 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Julie, certainly this healthy meal will curb those sweet cravings….i hope ;)

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16 Paula - bell'alimento March 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I need more orzo in my life!

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17 kelley {mountain mama cooks} March 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Looks fantastic, Marla! Roasting vegetables is my favorite way to prepare them. They are indeed just as good hot as they are at room temperature or straight from the fridge. I like to make a big bowl of soup or salad to have in the fridge for those days that we’ve been skiing all day and need a quick, healthy and filling snack or meal. Hope you’re well!

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18 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

This is a perfect salad! It’s been wayyyy too long since I’ve had orzo and I love it!

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19 Bree {Skinny Mommy} March 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This is my kind of dish-healthy, easy, tasty. YUM! Thanks for sharing :)

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20 Nancy@acommunaltable March 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I love the addition of curry to this – definitely going to have to try this combination! Have bookmarked for the next Lacrosse night when we need a “one dish wonder” for dinner!!

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21 Traci March 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

what a beautiful pasta dinner. hope that you get to slow down soon. :)

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22 Jersey girl Cooks March 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Love how you roasted the broccoli and chick peas. Delish!

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23 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Love your outdoor adventures, Marla — thanks to Instagram ;)

And I want to dive into this salad — so delish!

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24 Reem | Simply Reem March 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm

This is such a healthy dish…
I love Orzo, it kind of works well with everything I feel!…
I need such dishes with my no time to cook dinner nights.. that have become a routine lately…Grrrr….

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25 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

What a great vegetarian meal or side dish! This looks so delicious and packed full of good greens, Marla – love it!

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26 MikeVFMK March 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

So pretty! And of course incredibly healthy and tasty. That first images is straight up beautiful. Love all your posts Marla!

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27 Jean March 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

What a perfectly balanced, healthy orzo dish. Love the combination of textures, too!

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28 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies March 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Ooh, just pinned this! I just adore roasted broccoli, especially with pasta.

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29 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste March 14, 2013 at 6:08 am

This looks so fantastic and flavorful, Marla! Can’t wait to add it to my weeknight lineup.

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30 Emanuelle March 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! So different and fresh!! :)

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31 Anastasia March 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Your photos look gorgeous! I’m eating with my eyes!

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32 Jeanette March 15, 2013 at 5:41 am

This sounds like a great pick-me-up dish Marla – would love to have a container of this in my fridge to just pull out on busy days.

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33 Kathy @FoodWineThyme March 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Simple meals like this one are the greatest.

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34 Marla March 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

Thanks Kathy! That is often the case with great food huh. Simple, easy and really tasty!

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35 Stacy March 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Yum! That looks so good. Healthy with a perfect amount of green vegetables to keep kids sane ;-)

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36 Andrea DiGeronimo March 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I have to do this one. I will look for a rice/corn pasta substitute and try it. I love pasts with olive oil and garlic as the sauce (without tomato sauce) and lots of veggies! Thanks! xxoo, andrea

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37 Ryane March 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

Made this last night! Yummmmm! So good!

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38 June Simonton March 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Made this for dinner tonight! Great flavor combinations! Hubby Scott said it was scrumptious!

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39 Marla March 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Woo hoo!!! Gotta LOVE when the hubs loves it too ;) Thanks so much for sharing the great news!

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40 Roberta April 3, 2013 at 5:20 am

Hi! I’ve just noticed (via Pinterest) we posted a similar recipe…
Mine is a simple grilled broccoli and chickpeas salad with tahini dressing
hope you have a chance to visit my blog and tell me if you like the dressing…
best wishes
Roberta

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