Tomato Orzotto
Recipe type: Vegetarian Meal
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: serves 2
A simple, in under 20 minute weeknight vegetarian meal that's adaptable and delicious. If you're vegan, feel free to leave out the vegetarian parmesan and cream - you may need to add a little water to loosen the orzotto.
  • olive oil
  • ½ white onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 250g orzo
  • 1 x 400g tin of tinned plum tomatoes, blended - or passata
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 75g vegetarian parmesan
  • single cream (optional)
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, wide frying pan
  2. Saute the onion for 2 minutes and then add the garlic, fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add in the orzo and stir fry for a minute until the pasta is coated in the onion
  4. Pour in the tomatoes, herbs and chilli
  5. Bring to the boil, stirring regularly, then turn down to a low-medium heat
  6. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the orzo is soft, making sure you stir regularly to stop it from catching. A spatula is good here to remove the orzo from the bottom
  7. Add in a handful of parmesan and the single cream if using, stir to combine
  8. Serve with the rest of the parmesan, roasted vegetables or pesto.
Recipe by Food Mela at