Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this easy orzo pasta recipe in under 20 minutes. There’s tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic. Jump to the Orzo Pasta Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this easy orzo pasta recipe in under 20 minutes. There’s quick-to-cook orzo, tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic.

How to Make our Quick and Easy Orzo Pasta

If you’re wondering “What is orzo pasta?” then let’s get that out of the way first. Orzo is a small flat oval-shaped pasta that takes very little time to cook. We love it and have already shared our Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad with you. This time, we’re sharing a fast and easy way to get a delicious dinner on the table.

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Since it is pasta, orzo does have gluten, but if you are gluten-free, you can substitute with your favorite gluten-free pasta, rice or zucchini noodles. For our tips on making zucchini noodles, take a look at our Guilt-Free Zucchini Pasta.

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Orzo is easy to cook. It’s just like cooking other pasta. Bring a big pot of salted water to the boil, add the orzo and cook until done, usually 8 to 10 minutes. Since the size of the pasta can vary from brand to brand, check the package to see the recommended cook time for the pasta you purchased.

Once your pasta is cooking, you can get the rest of the ingredients ready. There’s a hefty amount of garlic, tomatoes, basil, and parmesan. The ingredients are simple, but tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and garlic are magical together. For an even simpler pasta recipe, take a look at our favorite way to make buttered noodles.

Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this easy orzo pasta recipe in under 20 minutes. There’s quick-to-cook orzo, tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic.

If you have access to them, use fresh ripe tomatoes. If you don’t have any, don’t worry, canned tomatoes work nicely. It’s the tomatoes that are the star. As they heat up in the pan, they release some of their flavorful juices. It’s this that’s the start to our sauce. By the way, if you are like me and love tomatoes any way you can get them, take a look at our feta and cherry tomato salad (it’s my favorite).

Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this easy orzo pasta recipe in under 20 minutes. There’s quick-to-cook orzo, tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic.

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To make the sauce sing, we add a some of the starchy pasta cooking water, which thickens the sauce and helps it stick to the pasta. Have you done this before when making pasta? It’s a great tip to take with you for other recipes. Just a splash of that cooking water helps to turn a pan sauce into a sauce that’s velvety and that coats the pasta.

In addition to the pasta water, we throw a bunch of parmesan cheese into the mix. As it melts, it seasons the sauce and also helps the sauce to coat the pasta.

Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this easy orzo pasta recipe in under 20 minutes. There’s quick-to-cook orzo, tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic.

I’m happy to serve myself a big bowl of this, but it’s also an excellent base for a protein or roasted vegetables. These baked chicken breasts with tomatoes, basil and garlic, would be excellent on the side or top of the pasta. A few simply roasted shrimp are a great idea, too.

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