Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomato, Pine Nuts, and Basil

This is another quick and easy side dish that is perfect for a weeknight meal. It took only minutes to make and tasted great. My husband and I both really loved it and gobbled it up. Our kids weren’t as impressed saying it was “okay”. I served this orzo along with stuffed chicken breasts (recipe to post tomorrow) and Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Zucchini Topped with Feta and Chives. The entire meal was healthy and delicious.

Prepare the orzo per instructions.

While the orzo is boiling, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the sundried tomatoes; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the minced garlic and pine nuts and continue to cook while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside. Once the orzo has finished cooking, drain the water, and pour drained orzo into the skillet with the sun dried tomatoes. Toss to coat evenly then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Add the vinegar and fresh basil then mix well. Taste and re-season with sea salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomato, Pine Nuts, and Basil

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of uncooked orzo, prepared per instructions in salted water
1 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

Prepare the orzo per instructions.

While the orzo is boiling, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the sundried tomatoes; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the minced garlic and pine nuts and continue to cook while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside. Once the orzo has finished cooking, drain the water, and pour drained orzo into the skillet with the sun dried tomatoes. Toss to coat evenly then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Add the vinegar and fresh basil then mix well. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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17 Responses to “Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomato, Pine Nuts, and Basil”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 1, 2013 @ 1:49 am

    My favorite combo – basil and sun dried tomatoes!

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    Diane — May 1, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    Thanks I am going to try this tonight :-) ) Stay well Diane

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    Jenn — May 1, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    Fantastic side dish! I would make more orzo, but Chris is not a fan of it… might have to make this just for me though… it’s looks and sounds too good to not make it!!

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    grace — May 1, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    this is very italian and very appetizing! sun-dried tomatoes are like nature’s candy to me. :)

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    Larry — May 1, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    Sometimes okay is pretty good praise from a kid. I’m just so-so with rice and will often sub orzo so this looks good to me.

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    dena — May 1, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Was wondering what to serve with that package of breasts defrosting in my fridge … thanks for the delicious suggestion!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — May 1, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    This is a great recipe and looks so fresh and pretty! I’m going to pick up some orzo and give this a try.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 1, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    We love orzo and I’m always looking for tasty spins on it. Looking forward to making this soon. Thanks, Pam!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — May 1, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    I absolutely love orzo but do not eat it nearly enough.

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    Honey What's Cooking — May 1, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    oooh looks delicious. love orzo pasta with sun dried tomatoes.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — May 1, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    Love this orzo. I love seeing all your Trader Joe’s products. It’s my favorite store. I’d rather go there than shopping for clothes or jewelry :)

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    Joanne — May 1, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    I love how easy this is to throw together and how it has some of my favorite mediterranean ingredients!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — May 1, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    I love the combination of ingredients in this side dish. This looks wonderful.

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    The Café Sucre Farine — May 1, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    This sounds like it would go perfect with so many entres, thanks!

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    Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts | My Best Cookbook — May 1, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    [...] (for me), and my husband and I both really loved it too. I served this stuffed chicken with Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, and Basil and Roasted Grape Tomato and Zucchini Topped with Feta and Chives for a delicious and flavorful [...]

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 2, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    So fresh and delicious! A lovely side dish, Pam.

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — May 2, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I love orzo so much, this looks perfect!!

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