Creamy Sweet Potato Squash Orzo with Kale

Creamy Vegan Orzo with Caramelized Onions and Kale

This vegan orzo is laced with caramelized onions and kale, all tied together in a creamy butternut squash sauce. My go-to side dish that I know everyone at the table will love!
Course Main Dishes, Pastas, Side Dishes
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword butternut squash orzo, orzo and kale, vegan orzo
Diet Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving
Time 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 447kcal
Author Sarah Bond


  • 4 cups cooked orzo 740 g, aka risoni, about 2 cups uncooked
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced white onions 90 g
  • 1 sweet potato 130 g, peeled and diced
  • ½ small butternut squash about 2 cups, 275 g, diced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup chopped kale 90 g
  • Handful cherry tomatoes halved
  • Salt and pepper as needed


  • Cook orzo in boiling water for about 10 minutes, until tender (or according to instructions on package). Strain, cover, and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil over low/medium heat in a medium-sized skillet. Add sliced onions and cook until caramelized, about 20 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent onions from becoming crispy, reducing heat to low if necessary. These should be brown, soft, and caramelized when they’re finished.
  • While onions cook, bring a large pot of water to boil and add diced sweet potato and squash. Cook until fork tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain the potatoes and squash and place in a blender with vegetable broth, soy sauce, paprika, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or paprika as needed. Set aside, covered to keep warm.
  • Remove onions from skillet and add chopped kale. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, until kale is bright green and starting to wilt.
  • Combine kale, caramelized onions, orzo, and sweet potato squash sauce. Top with halved cherry tomatoes. Serve warm and with love!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 84.9g | Protein: 14.4g | Fat: 5.6g | Sodium: 439mg | Fiber: 6.8g