Squash & Apple Orzo with Grana & Roasted Walnuts

Squash and apple orzo with grana and roasted walnuts

Recipe by Chef Massimo Capra

Location: Toronto, ON
Servings: 6 people
Preparation time: 45 minutes

Chef Massimo Capra
Chef Massimo Capra


  • 1 lb Orzo pasta
  • ½ White Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock (or Vegetable Stock)
  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Butternut Squash diced ½ inch size
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, diced ¼ inch and kept in lemon water
  • 1 cup Grated Grana Padano Cheese
  • ½ cup toasted Walnut chopped


Using a heavy bottom pot, sauté the onion and the squash in a little oil until golden and the squash is cooked and breaking up, add the Orzo and two ladles full of stock. Simmer gently, stirring on occasion to prevent sticking

About halfway to the cooking add the kale and stir well, add more stock if needed.
 It will take about ten minutes for this to cook. KitchenAid® Cooktops, available in electric, gas, or induction, makes preparing this recipe a breeze. 
When the orzo is cooked, turn the heat off and add some butter and the cheese.
Stir well and spoon on individual plates then top with the raw apples and a sprinkle of walnuts, serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (2l5 g)
Calories: 260

  • Fat: 8 g (Saturated: 2 g)
  • Carbohydrates: 41 g
  • Fibre: 6 g
  • Sugars: 6 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg
  • Sodium: 180 mg
  • Potassium: 400 mg
  • Calcium: 50 mg
  • Iron 1 mg

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