Orzo Pasta and Butternut Squash Salad

  • Author: Rohit Tripathi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Gluten free, delicious, and easy to cook pasta recipe



  • 150g cherry tomatoes (10-15 tomatoes)
  • 75g orzo pasta
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sesame seeds to garnish


  1. Cut the butternut squash in two and set one half aside (it can be used for a different recipe or chopped up and frozen). Scoop the seeds out with a spoon and peel the skin off. Cut your butternut squash into 1/2 inch cubes and place into a roasting dish. Slice the pepper into thin rings and add it to the roasting dish along with 1 tbsp olive oil. Feel free to add some salt and pepper to taste. Stir all ingredients together.

  2. Heat the oven to 200 C (392 F) and roast the vegetables for 40-45 minutes. You’ll know when butternut squash is ready when it can be easily pierced with a fork and the colour is a little brighter.

  3. In a meantime, fill the small pot with water (about 2/3 of the way up) and bring it to boil. Add in orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes. If you prefer your pasta al dente, keep the cooking time on a shorter side.

  4. Once orzo is cooked, drain the water and pour the pasta into the salad bowl.

  5. Take roasted vegetables out of the oven when they are ready and set aside to cool.

  6. Finally, cut cherry tomatoes in half and finely chop spring onions. When orzo and roasted vegetables have thoroughly cooled down, add tomatoes and spring onions to the salad bowl. Pour in the remaining olive oil and squeeze the juice from half a lime. Stir all ingredients together and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Top with roasted sesame seeds.


You can add any number of other ingredients in this recipe like pomegranates, spinach, garlic, nutmeg, and so on. This is one dish you can keep exploring by adding your own ingredients.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 15 mg
  • Fat: 5.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 27.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 14 mg

Keywords: Vegan, Vegan Salad, Orzo Salad, Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta, Pasta, Side Dish, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Vegan Potluck