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This easy One Pot Tomato Orzo Recipe is perfect for busy weeknight meals. It's flavorful, satisfying, and it's ready in 30 minutes or less! Your family will love it!
Life is busy and most of us are looking for quick, easy, and filling meals to feed our families. However, that doesn't mean we have to sacrifice taste.
Simple meals can be full of flavor! This One-Pot Tomato Orzo Recipe fits the bill and will make your weeknight complete.
Plus, it'll be on your table in no time! I don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I'm a big fan of 30-minute meals. They're anything, but boring!
We get to enjoy Portobello Vegan Fajitas, Hearty Soups, Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta, Salads, Mac n' Cheese, and many one-pot meals.
Is orzo rice or pasta?
Orzo looks like rice, but it's actually wheat-based pasta that is shaped like rice. So, you can't interchange them in many recipes because they cook up differently.
Ingredients neededs for Tomato Orzo
- The star of the show is the Orzo!
- For the base, you'll need Olive Oil, Garlic, Dried Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper and White Wine.
- To make the sauce, you'll need Diced Tomatoes, Vegetable Broth, and Salt.
- Finish with Capers and Fresh Basil or Parsley. That's it!
How to make Tomato Orzo in One Pot
- 1 - Heat oil in a large skillet/pot over medium heat. Add garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until garlic is lightly golden.
- 2 - Add the orzo and stir to coat. Give the orzo a few minutes to lightly toast. Stir occasionally.
- 3 - Pour in the wine and cook until the liquid mostly cooks off.
- 4 - Now add the diced tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes.
- 5 - Add the broth and salt. Cover and gently simmer until liquid has mostly cooked down and orzo is tender. Uncover the last few minutes of cook time.
- 6 - Remove from heat and stir in the capers and fresh basil. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed. Let the orzo sit uncovered for 1-2 minutes. This will give it time to thicken up.
- To make this kid-friendly, reduce or omit the crushed red pepper.
- The wine can be omitted if you don't have it - just skip the step entirely.
- Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Don't simmer too high or the liquid will cook down before the orzo is finished cooking.
Tomato Orzo goes well with Vegan Caesar Salad, a big piece of Artisan Bread, and a glass of white wine. Top it with Vegan Parmesan, fresh-cracked pepper, and more fresh basil or parsley.
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One Pot Tomato Orzo Recipe
- 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 4-5 cloves garlic , minced
- ¾ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt , more to taste
- 1 ½ cups orzo pasta , uncooked
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes , canned
- 2 ½ cups vegetable broth , low sodium
- 3 tablespoons capers
- ½ cup fresh basil , chopped (sub with parsley)
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté for 1 minute until garlic is light golden brown.
- Add the orzo and stir to coat well. Cook for 1-2 minutes to lightly toast the orzo and incorporate flavors. Move around occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Pour in the white wine and cook until the liquid mostly cooks down. About 1-2 minutes.
- Now add the diced tomatoes (with juices) and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the vegetable broth and salt. Turn heat up to get it boiling. Once boiling, turn heat down to maintain a low simmer. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes or until liquid has mostly cooked down and orzo is tender. Stir often to prevent sticking and uncover the last few minutes of cook time.
- Remove from heat and add the capers and fresh basil. Stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed. Let the orzo sit uncovered for 1-2 minutes. This will give it time to thicken up. Serve with vegan parmesan and fresh-cracked pepper. Enjoy!
- The wine can be omitted if you don't have it on hand. Just skip the step entirely. If you need to deglaze the pan a bit while the orzo is toasting, just splash a little bit of vegetable broth in the pan.
- To make this recipe kid-friendly, omit the crushed red pepper.
I would like to make this gluten-free for a pitch in . Can you use Arborio rice instead? If so, would I need to change the liquids?
Hi MaryLou, I haven't tried this recipe with arborio rice so it will be an experiment for sure. Most likely you will need more liquid (maybe 4 cups) and the cooking time will vary too. I did see GF orzo on Amazon by the Delallo brand. I haven't tried it but it seems to have good reviews. I hope this helps. I'd love to hear how it turns out if you give it a try. 🙂
Amazing! Easy to prepare and full of delicious flavors.
Hi Dianna, thanks for dropping by and giving this recipe a great feedback. 🙂
I make this every couple of weeks - it is my favourite dish, so simple but SO GOOD.
Thank you so much for all your recipes, we've been so inspired by all the hard work you do to make our lives more delicious!
You are so welcome L. It is my joy to share these recipes and I am pleased to know they help. 🙂
This is such an easy & delicious recipe! Made it exactly as per the instructions & turned out great!
That is awesome Janhavi! 🙂 Thanks for trying it.
I've made this SO MANY TIMES. It's flawless, just so delicious and makes so much.
Yey! Thanks for the great feedback Rachel. ❤️
This is delicious comfort food, and it was just as good reheated the next day. We used whole wheat orzo and added some chopped green olives and artichokes this time. It will definitely become a staple in our house. Thanks for posting!
You are most welcome, Jen! I also love reheating leftovers when the flavors have really melded. Hope you continue trying my recipes. 🙂
I think I was a little heavy handed with the capers (just because I love them) so next time I will temper that tendency. This dish was simple and DEELISH! It was just as good warmed up the next day too. Thank you for a "Go To" recipe.
Hi Patty, I totally understand that tendency and can relate. Haha. I am glad you like this recipe and you are welcome. 🙂
So easy yet so delicious. Definitely room to add your own own flair.
Absolutely Jenny! Glad you liked the recipe. 🙂
Made this tonight! I was yummy! The capers were a bit too strong for me so I think next time I will leave them out. Maybe I'll add some artichokes.. yuuummm. Thanks for sharing! Will be making again!
Hi Sal, thank you for giving it a try. The artichokes sound delicious to try. 🙂
I have been looking to cook more vegan and vegetarian meals so this obviously fit the bill. It was so delicious! I rarely cook with orzo so this was a nice change of pasta to use. Quick and easy for an after work dinner too! Will definitely be making again!
Hi Debbie, I am glad you found this recipe and tried it. This is also one of our go-to weeknight recipes.
Made this tonight for dinner, followed the recipe but also added a can of cannellini beans when I added the broth. Big hit here, definitely going to be a regular dish for us.
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Hi Sara! We're so happy to hear that you loved the recipe - thanks so much for giving it a try! 🙂
We ate this tonight and it was delicious. This is a definitely a keeper. I didn’t have capers or wine, so I left out both. I substituted parsley for the basil and added about 3/4 c. thawed frozen peas. I will try it with basil next time. Thanks for creating a such a great, easy and quick to cook recipe.
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Hi Lorna! We are so happy to hear that you loved the orzo and that it turned out great with the substitutions! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
This was so so good! I added a couple handfuls of spinach for fun! Bueno! This will be a keeper for us! Thank you!
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Hi Teri! We are happy to hear that you loved the orzo, and the spinach sounds like a great addition 🙂 Thanks for trying it out!
This is a very tasty and simple orzo recipe. I will keep this in my list of 'go to' pasta recipes.
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Hi Hope! We are so happy to hear that you loved the orzo and will be making it again 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
What changes would I need to make if using fresh tomatoes?
Hi! Can you use cooking white wine instead of regular?
Hi Ruby, I personally don't like to use cooking wine. It's not as flavorful and it's a bit salty. You can omit the wine altogether and the dish will still be delicious! If you do go with the cooking wine, you may want to reduce the salt and use less wine. I hope this helps. Thank you for stopping by 🙂
Great recipe! Easy, my kids liked it, and I finally found something to use my half glass of capers on, I’ll make it again
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Hi Julie! Thanks so much for trying out the recipe, we're so happy that you all loved it! Thanks for stopping by!