Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo

    23 min

    This is a super-easy pasta dish, which is packed full of flavour. Orzo is tossed with basil leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. This dish is perfect for packed lunches or dinner.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 400g uncooked orzo pasta
    • 20g chopped fresh basil leaves
    • 35g chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 60g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:23min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    2. Place basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor. Pulse 4 or 5 times until blended.
    3. In a large bowl, toss together the orzo, basil-tomato mixture, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled.

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    I saw this recipe and really wanted to try it. This serves 8 so I used less ingredients to make for 2. Quick and simple. Taste so yummy that I had both portions lol. Saved this recipe to defiantly do again.  -  06 Jul 2015


    so simple ,but really lovely.  -  04 Feb 2015


    This fabulous side dish is another example of "less is more" and "the simpler the better." No reason to change a thing here and, frankly, to do so would ruin the dish. Subtley flavored and pretty. Wonderful flavor, and I think to omit the Parmesan cheese would leave this sorely lacking. I can't comment on how this tastes the next day as I made this scaled to 2 servings and hubby and I ate every grain. In fact, I served this with "Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Rollups" tonight, also from this site, and I'll have to make this orzo again tomorrow night as hubby requested we have this same meal again tomorrow night! Thank you, kgwen, for your delicious recipe. We were in culinary heaven tonight!  -  17 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)