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Two bowls of the completed acini-di-pepe recipe.

Vegetable Acini di Pepe Bowl with Olive Sauce

This bowl is packed with healthy green veggies, including kale, Brussels sprouts, and zucchini. Top chewy acini di pepe with vegetables, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and a briny sauce made with olive tapenade for a healthy grain bowl that keeps you coming back for more.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre heat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Toss well to coat and spread evenly on 1 prepared baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, stirring twice.
  3. In another large bowl, combine zucchini, 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Toss well to coat and spread evenly on 1 prepared baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, flip zucchini and roast for another 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook acini di pepe according to package instructions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  5. While vegetables and orzo are cooking, make the olive sauce: In a small bowl, combine the tapenade, oil, juice and zest of lemon. Add half of the sauce to the acini di pepe and toss to combine.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes or until they start to become translucent, but not brown. Add kale to the skillet and place a cover over the top. Cook, stirring occasionally with tongs, until kale is bright green and slightly tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Divide acini di pepe evenly into bowls and arrange top with kale, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Serve remaining olive sauce on the side for drizzling.

Vegetable Acini di Pepe Bowl with Olive Sauce

This bowl is packed with healthy green veggies, including kale, Brussels sprouts, and zucchini. Top chewy acini di pepe with vegetables, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and a briny sauce made with olive tapenade for a healthy grain bowl that keeps you coming back for more.