Meatless Friday: Fiona's Orzo Pesto Salad


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Our friends at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, New Jersey, share recipes created in their Culinary Arts program on their blog, Our Daily Bread. This recipe is printed here with permission from MHCA Culinary Arts teacher Frank LaMendola.

This is a quick and easy recipe that tastes as fresh and colorful as it looks. Loaded with flavor and healthy garden fresh ingredients my mom would always make this whenever there were left overs in the house. You can use orzo or any shape pasta, and with just a few simple ingredients, this tasty, satisfying dish may become one of your family favorites as well.

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Fiona’s Orzo Pesto Salad

1 box of orzo (or any type of pasta )
2 medium bell peppers, chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 boxes of cherry tomatoes
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Splash of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbs homemade pesto

Bring salted water to a boil and cook orzo until al dente.
Make simple pesto recipe.
Dice onion and bell peppers.
Cut cherry tomatoes in halves; set aside.
Once orzo is cooked through, drain and place in a separate bowl, allow to cool.
Add pesto to pasta and mix thoroughly making sure the orzo is evenly coated.
Place vegetables in with the orzo and mix together.
Add a splash of lemon juice and add salt and pepper.
Let sit at room temperature or serve immediately.

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Copyright 2019 Mary Help of Christians Academy Culinary Arts

About the author: Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education.


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