Orzo with Fresh Tomato Sauce

This grainlike pasta a delicious weeknight dinner.

Author:Inspired by New York Times
Yield:4 servings
Prep time: 00:10
Cook time: 00:15
Category:Main Courses


4 cups water
1/2 lb. tomatoes, peeled, in 1/2" cubes
to taste salt
to taste black pepper, freshly ground
3/4 cup orzo pasta
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh basil, shredded, loosly packed
1 tsp. garlic, finely minced


  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add salt to taste.
  2. Add orzo and cook, stirring briefly, about 10 minutes or until tender. Do not overcook. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a sauce pan and add garlic. Cook briefly, stirring. Do not brown.
  4. Add tomatoes and sprinkle with salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Add orzo and basil. Stir to blend, and serve.