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Kritharotto (orzo risotto) with Butternut Squash and Feta


Instead of making risotto using arborio rice (or Carolina rice which we use in Greece), I used kritharaki (orzo) which is a tiny pasta, which looks like rice.  In order to make this recipe you need some roasted butternut squash, which adds a sweetness to the pasta and of course Greek feta, which will balance the sweetness and make the dish creamy and delicious.  I used roasted butternut squash which I had previously roasted and stored in the deep freezer and so the dish was made very quickly.

If you want some meat in your kritharotto, how about adding some  spicy sausages?  The method is exactly the same but start by sautéing the sausages first and then add all the remaining ingredients.  I used Greek spicy sausages which added extra flavour to the kritharotto.

Kritharotto with sausages

Kritharotto (orzo risotto) with Butternut Squash, (Sausages) and Feta, recipe by Ivy

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Greek spicy sausages (optional), cut in small pieces
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 500 grams medium orzo
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • About 2 litres chicken  stock (or 2 litres water with one bouillon)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped kafkalithres and fresh oregano (or parsley)
  • 150 grams feta
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine


  1. If you do not have chicken stock, heat the water and dissolve the bouillon.
  2. In a large pot or heavy skillet heat the olive oil and sauté (the sausage and add) the leek and onion until translucent.  Add the garlic and mix for a few seconds. Add the orzo and mix to absorb the oil, sauté for a minute or two and then add the wine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and mix until the alcohol evaporates. When the wine is almost cooked away, start adding the stock a ladle at a time.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and keep adding stock and mixing until your risotto is nearly done.
  5. When adding the last stock, mix in the butternut squash and feta and mix until feta melts. Add kafkalithres and fresh oregano as well as butter or margarine and stir well to combine.
  6. Sprinkle with freshly grated black pepper and serve while hot.



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Fakes me Kritharaki  (Lentils with Orzo)

Giouvetsi (Veal with Orzo)

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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9 Responses

  1. Delicious and healthy!



  2. PG

    What a lovely idea! Today I will be using up last slice of the wonderful rosted Butternut squash too which I made last weekend. My whole family found the butternut squash too sweet for their taste eaten plain, even sweeter than the hokaido. But i just loved it. So next time i will have to try making this recipe. bookmarked!

  3. j’aime le coté sucré de la courge se doit être délicieux bravo
    bonne soirée
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  4. Ivy, what a beautiful and tasty orzo…I love the creaminess of this dish…I still have kabocha squash, and wonder if it will work for this recipes…
    Thanks for this delicious dish and have a great week!
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  5. Angie from Angie's Recipes

    Mouthwatering clicks, Ivy. This looks really so tasty.
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  6. We must be on the same wavelength Ivy – I’m making butternut risotto tomorrow! Love your version with orzo! Absolutely delicious.
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  7. Oh boy does this look so good! I make a risotto Milanese using tiny pasta the way an old Italian neighbor taught me but using orzo is brilliant. This looks absolutely luscious!
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  8. What a great idea to use kritharaki instead of rice! I’d never thought of that Ivy! Looks fantastic!
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  9. Yummy! My kids love kritharaki. I like the idea of adding butternut squash to it…
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