Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan

I wanted a simple and tasty side dish to serve with the chicken I was making for dinner. I was craving roasted tomatoes so I decided to serve them tossed in orzo. I poured the cooked and drained orzo directly in the pan I roasted the tomatoes in so it would get flavored by all the garlic and tomato juices. I tossed the orzo and garlicky roasted tomatoes with some fresh parsley and topped it with shredded Parmesan and simply seasoned it with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. It was such a simple and perfect side dish that we all loved.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the grape tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste, in a baking dish. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally,  until plump and ready to about to burst. Remove from the oven.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the orzo in boiling water, per instructions. Drain the orzo then pour the pasta directly into the baking dish.  Add the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the orzo evenly with the tomatoes, their juices, and the minced garlic. Taste and re-season if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.


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Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 - 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes
2-3 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3/4 cup of dried orzo, cooked per instructions
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shredded, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the grape tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste, in a baking dish. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally, until plump and ready to about to burst. Remove from the oven.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the orzo in boiling water, per instructions. Drain the orzo then pour the pasta directly into the baking dish. Add the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the orzo evenly with the tomatoes, their juices, and the minced garlic. Taste and re-season if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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14 Responses to “Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — December 17, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    I love these one pot meals! Anything with garlic and roasted tomatoes has to be delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Pam.

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    lenia — December 18, 2013 @ 2:38 am

    Such a delicious summery pasta dish!
    Kisses,dear!

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    Lia — December 18, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    Fabulous Pam.
    Im taking this delicious suggestion with me.
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    ela@GrayApron — December 18, 2013 @ 4:14 am

    Lovely dish! Roasted tomatoes…with garlic. That would be my favorite way to eat tomatoes. Yes, with orzo…delicious! :) ela

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    Jenn — December 18, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    What a great idea for a simple and yet tasty side dish!!! Looks delicious!!!

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    Kim in MD — December 18, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Ok, between your turkey panini and this orzo dish I am so hungry right now! Orzo is one of my favorite pastas, and the colors in this dish are gorgeous! This colors of Christmas and the Italian flag!

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    Marjie — December 18, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Grape tomatoes rarely even make it home from the store. Everyone loves them right out of the box. If they ever did get here, I’d love to try this.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — December 18, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    This is my type of dinner! Especially love that you used orzo.

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    Larry — December 18, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Great looking meal and perfect for this time of year as the grape maters are about the only ones with flavor.

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    Joanne — December 18, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    Roasted tomatoes are the best! I love this simple orzo dish!

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    Peggy Recker — December 18, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    This sounds wonderful!

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    Beth - Slice of Southern — December 18, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    Excellent side dish! Can’t beat roasted tomatoes with pasta and garlic is a must!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 18, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    A wonderful side, Pam. Love orzo.

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    grace — December 19, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    yummy! the parmesan really seals it. i think orzo is a lot of fun and it might just be my pasta shape of choice right now!

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