Makes 4 servings

This winning combination of vegetables and nuts was improvised by Laura Sabo.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse and dry zucchini; cut each in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a bowl, mix zucchini with olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Divide mixture equally between two baking sheets, each 12 by 15 inches, and spread zucchini in a single layer.

Step 2

Bake in a 400° regular or convection oven until zucchini is tender when pierced, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour back into bowl. Rinse and dry one baking sheet.

Step 3

Put walnut pieces on clean baking sheet and bake in a 350° oven until pale gold beneath skins, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring broth to a boil. Add orzo, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until orzo is tender to bite and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Stir zucchini, walnuts, lemon juice, and walnut oil into orzo. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Ratings & Reviews

portland's Review

October 15, 2009
excellent...easy to assemble, easy to make, easy to eat. i have made it several times, each time, using whatever squash I have available, sometimes adding a little onion and/or garlic to the roasting pan. the walnuts should be added at the last minute, imparts an excellent texture/crunchiness and flavor. the walnut oil just enhances the whole thing.