Spiced Squash And Orzo With Crispy Feta Recipe

Butternut squash recipes Oct 12, 2021

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 45 mins to cook
  • 628 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 800g butternut squash, peeled (optional), deseeded and cut into chunks (650g prepared weight)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra to garnish
  • ½ tsp crushed chillies
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g pack feta, cut into 12 slices
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour
  • 300g orzo
  • 75g Parmesan or vegetarian hard cheese, finely grated
  • 15g fresh basil, leaves picked
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. On a baking tray, combine the squash, 1 tablespoon of oil, the thyme, chilies, paprika, and garlic. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and soft.
  2. In the meantime, combine the feta and corn flour. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat. Fry the feta in a single layer until golden and crisp, about 1-2 minutes per side.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the orzo according to package directions. Drain and combine with the hard cheese, basil, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. To serve, combine the squash with the feta, lemon zest, and extra thyme leaves.


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