Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

This tasty chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake has all of the consolation issue you’ll need in colder climate with that little bit of spring freshness. It has loads of gooey cheese, however plenty of wholesome veg as properly. Excellent for any event.

Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

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I do not find out about anybody else, however I discover these in-betweeny seasons difficult for meals. It may be laborious to determine what temper you might be in. Do you need one thing mild and summery to get you within the temper for the hotter climate that is (hopefully) coming? Or one thing extra heat and comforting, that could be extra becoming?

We received much more snow on Sunday making it formally the snowiest winter on document in Boston. I suppose if you are going to must put up with it (as a result of the liking it half was a bit laborious to maintain), it’s possible you’ll as properly break a document.

However I digress, again to the meals. This chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake tries to bridge that seasonal hole. It is properly heat and comforting, however with some colours and flavors of hotter climate. It is also extremely tasty, with oozing mozzarella, a tasty creamy sauce and the freshness of basil and lemon.

Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

I name this a chard pesto, however I actually use the loosest sense of the phrase pesto. It isn’t like my extra conventional arugula pesto as whereas it has basil, garlic and parmesan, there isn’t any nuts or olive oil. As a substitute, it is a creamy creme fraiche-based sauce that I suppose is type of like an easier model of a cheese sauce with out the cooking and some additions. Or a cross between cheese sauce and pesto.

Both manner, it is scrumptious and straightforward to make. The chard in there provides a delicate taste and a bit of additional inexperienced healthiness (to steadiness out the cream and cheese). Then there’s some lemon zest so as to add a spring-like freshness.

Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

make this comforting orzo bake

As with a typical orzo bake (like my tacky orzo pasta bake, and different pasta bakes), the greens and pasta are largely cooked earlier than it goes within the oven. The baking then helps the flavors meld, the cheese go gooey and a slight crispness type on prime, however none of that takes very lengthy.

If you want, you may skip placing it within the oven and miss out the mozzarella to make it super-quick and a bit lighter. Nevertheless, you’ll then miss out on the scrumptious gooey mozzarella working its manner by way of the dish. Personally I believe the time within the oven is definitely worth the wait, however be at liberty to experiment.

Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

Whereas there is a cheap quantity of cream and cheese, there’s additionally plenty of good greens on this orzo bake. This makes it a pleasant dish for sneaking them in to toddlers, or different fussier eaters, with out them notably noticing as there’s plenty of different yummy distractions.

Total, this orzo bake is a very tasty dish, full of taste and really easy to eat. It’ll have everybody coming again for extra, and wanting it once more quickly.

Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

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Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

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Chard pesto and mozzarella orzo bake

A comforting pasta bake, that is each tacky and veggie-packed.

Prep Time10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time30 minutes

Complete Time40 minutes

Course: Important Course

Delicacies: American

Servings: 4

Energy: 477kcal

Writer: Caroline’s Cooking



  • 7 oz chard 200g, ½ bunch – about 170g as soon as stalks eliminated
  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 1 crimson pepper diced comparatively small
  • 1 zucchini courgette, diced comparatively small
  • 1 carrot diced comparatively small
  • 8 oz orzo pasta 225g
  • ½ lemon zest
  • ¾ oz basil 20g, leaves solely
  • 8 oz creme fraiche 227g (1 tub)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan 18g, plus a bit extra to prime
  • 4 oz mozzarella 115g


  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

  • Take away the leaves from the chard and blanche them in a pan of boiling water – cook dinner them for round 1-2minutes till smooth and leaves darkened then take away and drain.

  • Warmth a bit olive oil in a skillet/ frying pan over a medium warmth and fry the onion for a minute then add the zucchini. After one other couple minutes add the crimson pepper.

  • In the meantime cook dinner the pasta and carrot in a pan of boiling water with a bit salt till the pasta is nearly however not fairly cooked.

  • Whereas every little thing is cooking, squeeze out any extra liquid from the chard, roughly chop then put the chard, basil, lemon zest, creme fraiche and parmesan in a meals processor/blender and pulse till easy and blended collectively.

  • As soon as the pasta is cooked, the greens ought to be as properly, so drain the pasta and add the opposite greens and the sauce and blend properly.

  • Tear the mozzarella in to small items and add, combine by way of then switch to an oven dish. Sprinkle some additional parmesan on prime and bake for 20-Half-hour till frivolously brown (20 will probably be barely crisp, 30 a bit darker and extra crispy, cook dinner so long as you like).

  • Serve whereas nonetheless scorching.


Energy: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 19g | Fats: 20g | Saturated Fats: 11g | Ldl cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 711mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7490IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 341mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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