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Orzo with Roasted Chickpeas

Orzo with Roasted Chickpeas is a light yet hearty side or main dish that delivers on bold flavors like lemon and fresh parsley. It is brimming with different textures and savory goodness, from the crispy chickpeas to chewy olives and vegan feta. Plus, it's so simple to make and times out really well, for an easy dish that's ready in around 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: chickpeas, orzo, roasted chickpeas, roasted peppers, side dishes, vegan feta
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. orzo
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • Around 1.5 tsp oil, and generous dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder for roasting chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 shallot finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup roasted peppers chopped
  • 1/3 cup olives coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup crumbled vegan feta to taste
  • Dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp each dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, kosher salt, garlic powder
  • 2 tsp agave or maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees convect/fan. Boil 4 cups of water in large pot for the orzo. When boiling, drop in orzo and salt the water (optional). Cook according to package directions and drain.
  • Meanwhile, drain and rinse the chickpeas and dry them off as best you can with a kitchen towel and set them out on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with the oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place in oven. Bake for 15 min, toss, bake another approx 10 min until crisp.
  • While orzo and chickpeas are cooking, in a bowl whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, garlic, dried basil, dried oregano. Also use this time to chop the roasted peppers, shallots, fresh parsley, olives, and vegan feta.
  • When orzo is done and drained, put it in a mixing bowl or large serving dish and add the dressing, shallots, roasted peppers, and the chopped fresh parsley, and stir through. Serve and top with the olives, roasted chickpeas, and vegan feta.