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Creamy Squash Orzo

 
One serving costs about $0.27

$0.27 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

25 side dish
spoonacular Score:43%

Spoonacular Score: 43%

 

The recipe Creamy Squash Orzo can be made in around about 45 minutes. For 27 cents per serving, you get a side dish that serves 25. One serving contains 99 calories, 4g of protein, and 2g of fat. 1 person were impressed by this recipe. It is brought to you by Foodista. A mixture of salt, spaghetti squash, parsley, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so tasty. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 43%. This score is pretty good. Minted Squash Orzo, Butternut Squash Orzo Risotto, and Creamy Orzo are very similar to this recipe.

No one wine will suit every pasta dish. Pasta in a tomato-based sauce will usually work well with a medium-bodied red, such as a montepulciano or chianti. Pasta with seafood or pesto will fare better with a light-bodied white, such as a pinot grigio. Cheese-heavy pasta can pair well with red or white - you might try a sangiovese wine for hard cheeses and a chardonnay for soft cheeses. We may be able to make a better recommendation if you ask again with a specific pasta dish.

Ingredients

Servings:
3 cups
3 cups orzo
orzo
0.71 small
0.71 small spaghetti squash
spaghetti squash
4 oz
4 oz sour plain greek yogurt
sour plain greek yogurt
0.5 cups
0.5 cups raw almonds
raw almonds
4
4  garlic cloves
garlic cloves
some
some salt
salt
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp parsley
parsley
3 cups orzo
3 cups
orzo
0.71 small spaghetti squash
0.71 small
spaghetti squash
4 oz sour plain greek yogurt
4 oz
sour plain greek yogurt
0.5 cups raw almonds
0.5 cups
raw almonds
4  garlic cloves
4
garlic cloves
some salt
some
salt
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp
parsley

Equipment

food processor
food processor
aluminum foil
aluminum foil
bowl
bowl
oven
oven
pot
pot
food processor
food processor
aluminum foil
aluminum foil
bowl
bowl
oven
oven
pot
pot


Instructions

Cook orzo pasta according to package instructions. Preheat the oven to 400F, cut squash into half, place in the ovenproof dish skin side up with a bit of water on a bottom and bake 30-40 min. Wrap garlic cloves in greased aluminum foil and bake on a rack together with squash. Take out squash and garlic from the oven and let them cool. When cold enough to handle scoop out the seeds from the squash and throw them away. Using fork take out the inside of the squash into a bowl. Add squash into a food processor. Cut off the stems from each garlic clove and squeeze out of its skin into a food processor. Combine with Greek yogurt, almonds, salt and pepper and process until smooth. In a pot mix with orzo, parsley and add more salt or pepper if necessary. Heat slightly and serve.

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Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $0.27
Ingredient
3 cups orzo
1 small spaghetti squash
4 ounces sour plain greek yogurt
½ cups raw almonds
4 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon parsley
Price
$0.96
$3.20
$0.81
$1.28
$0.27
$0.16
$6.67

Tips

Health Tips

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
98 Calories
3g Protein
1g Total Fat
17g Carbs
8% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
98
5%

Fat
1g
3%

  Saturated Fat
0.21g
1%

Carbohydrates
17g
6%

  Sugar
1g
2%

Cholesterol
0.23mg
0%

Sodium
17mg
1%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
3g
7%

Selenium
12µg
17%

Manganese
0.29mg
14%

Fiber
1g
6%

Phosphorus
59mg
6%

Magnesium
22mg
6%

Vitamin E
0.82mg
5%

Copper
0.1mg
5%

Vitamin B3
0.78mg
4%

Vitamin B6
0.08mg
4%

Vitamin B2
0.06mg
4%

Potassium
111mg
3%

Zinc
0.45mg
3%

Vitamin K
3µg
3%

Iron
0.48mg
3%

Calcium
26mg
3%

Vitamin B1
0.04mg
3%

Vitamin B5
0.25mg
2%

Folate
9µg
2%

Vitamin C
1mg
1%

Vitamin A
60IU
1%

covered percent of daily need

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