Slow-roasted courgettes with fennel & orzo

Healthy summer recipe for 2 people, takes only 10 mins; recipe has saffron, fennel, cherry tomatoes, bay leaf, olive oil, chilli flakes, dry white wine, courgette, lemon, sourdough breadcrumbs, orzo, pine nuts, ricotta and dill.

Slow-roasted courgettes with fennel & orzo

Slow-roasted courgettes with fennel & orzo

Recipe by Chef Soomro Course: Healthy summer


Prep time

25 mins


  • Olive Oil: 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Courgette: 4-6 baby to medium-sized courgettes
  • Orzo: 200g orzo
  • Dill: handful of dill
  • Lemon: 1 lemon, zested
  • Chilli Flakes: pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • Cherry Tomatoes: 100g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Bay Leaf: 1 bay leaf
  • Saffron: pinch of saffron
  • Ricotta: 1 tbsp ricotta
  • Fennel: 1/2 bulb of fennel, sliced
  • Dry White Wine: 120ml dry white wine
  • Pine Nuts: 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • Sourdough Breadcrumbs: 50g sourdough breadcrumbs


  1. Put the saffron in a small bowl and cover with 1/2 tbsp of boiling water. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the fennel in aroasting tinwith the tomatoes and bay leaf, drizzle over some oil, season and toss together with the chilli flakes. Pour over the wine. Prick the courgettes all over with a fork and place on top of the fennel. Drizzle with a little more oil, then season and cover with foil.
  2. Roast for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs, turning the courgettes halfway through, removing the foil for the last 5 mins. The courgettes should be very soft. Lift the courgettes from the pan and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in afrying panover a medium heat. Add half the lemon zest and breadcrumbs, and gently fry until the bread is golden and crunchy. Set aside.
  4. Cook the orzo in a pan of boiling water until al dente, then drain. Toss with the fennel, tomatoes, pine nuts, the saffron and its water. Season.
  5. Divide the orzo between plates and add half the ricotta to each, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Top with the courgettes and scatter over the breadcrumbs, remaining lemon zest and sprigs of dill.