Take-out Tuesday, Fresh Vegetable Orzo Alfredo

It’s not that I hate to go to the grocery store…


I just think it can be such a time waster when there are so many better things to do…


so I often raid the pantry and fridge to come up with recipes such as this Fresh Vegetable Orzo Alfredo


I had some fresh green beans, a zucchini,  1/2 of a red pepper and some tri color orzo in the pantry.  I also had my “go to” light Alfredo sauce and some freshly shaved Parmesan in the fridge.  I ended up saving the corn for another day, but toss anything in here you wish


Cook the orzo in boiling salted water about 5 minutes, then add the green beans.  Cook a few more minutes then drain.  Put your colander over the hot pan and add the red pepper and zucchini and cover


Let that steam about 5 minutes to soften pepper and zucchini.  Or put the pan with a little water back on the stove and steam the veggies that way.


Turn orzo and veggies into a greased baking dish.


Add Alfredo sauce and stir


You don’t have to use a lot of Alfredo or cheese to get a creamy cheesy flavor, so it’s not as sinful as it sounds…plus think of all those veggies  🙂

easy cheesy orzo thepaintedapron.com

Season and add 2 oz of Parmesan and stir


Top with remaining Parmesan and refrigerate until you are ready to cook it.


Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes

parmesan vegetable orzo thepaintedapron.com

Top with french fried onions during the last few minutes if desired


These are my favorite kind, Fresh Gourmet, you can find them with the croutons near the salad dressings

onion topped veggie orzo thepaintedapron.com

This kind actually tastes great right out of the bag, but you do want them to get warm…BUT, be careful, they burn quickly!

Fresh Vegetable Orzo Alfredo

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 cup orzo [I used tri-colored]
  • 2 large handfuls fresh green beans
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 heaping T light Alfredo Sauce
  • 3 oz. shaved Parmesan divided
  • salt and pepper
  • french fried onions for topping optional


  • Cook orzo in boiling salted water in a large sauce pan.
  • Add green beans after 5 minutes. Remove from heat after 8 minutes and drain in a steamer/colander that fits the sauce pan.
  • Add zucchini and red pepper cover and let steam for 5 minutes, or add 2 inches of water to the sauce pan and return to burner and steam vegetables until soft.
  • Put orzo and vegetables into a prepared baking dish. Stir in Alfredo sauce, 2 oz. of Parmesan and salt and pepper. Top with remaining Parmesan. At this point dish can be refrigerated for up to 36 hours.
  • Remove cover before baking at 325 for 30-40 minutes until hot and beginning to brown. Top with onions during the last 5 minutes of baking if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Keyword orzo casserole, vegetable orzo Alfredo

Plenty of time to go back out!


This would make a great side dish for your Labor Day BBQ~ it has vegetables, pasta and onion rings all in one Laborless Dish!


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11 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Fresh Vegetable Orzo Alfredo”
  1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds like a great side and I’m lovin’ the tri-colored orzo:@)

  2. lulu says:

    I love the versatility of orzo and your combination ingredients is a great example of that. A great way to use wonderful summer vegetables now in season.

  3. That looks tasty! I love those crispy onions.

  4. Kim says:

    This really does look easy – and delicious. I agree – why be tied to the grocery store or the kitchen when you can be doing other fun things? You’ve created another great one, it looks to me! 🙂 Happy boating.

  5. Mary says:

    Looks delicious and so easy Jenna especially after a day or evening on the water! I’ll have to be on the look out for those crispy onions 🙂

  6. Kitty says:

    This sounds like a wonderful dish, Jenna. I’m going to look for the Tri-color orzo next time I’m at the grocery store. I’m glad you’re enjoying your summer!

    • Thanks Kitty! The down side of the tri color orzo is that it comes in a really big jar at our local stores, so it’s a commitment! But it does last forever~ Have a great Labor Day~

  7. CraftyHope says:

    Oh, this sounds so, so good and so easy! Thanks for the idea. Now, I need to find your light alfredo recipe. Have you shared it here before?

  8. Miz Helen says:

    This is awesome! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Your post has been pinned with the party!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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