Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Have you ever tried orzo pasta? I’ve only had it a few times and really liked it, but didn’t have any recipes for it. I bought a box and figured we would go from there.

I searched online for some ideas for orzo recipes, and found a few that looked promising, and, as I usually do, just threw something together based on what I had similar to the recipes.

This recipe was entered in a contest for the brand of sun-dried tomatoes that I usually buy, but there were so many great entries that mine was not one of the top three. Oh well, it’s still a winner in my house.

You can see here all the ingredients I use. When we have fresh Basil growing in the garden, I prefer to use that. Since I don’t always have some, the dried seasoning works well enough as a replacement.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Step by Step

Start by heating the oil in a large saucepan and mince the garlic to add to the pan.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Cook the garlic until it has turned brown, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t burn.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Once the garlic is brown and fragrant, add the chicken broth and bring it to a boil. If you want something vegetarian, you can also use a vegetable broth here as well.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

While the broth is boiling, add the orzo pasta in and return everything to a boil.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan, letting the orzo simmer for about 5 minutes.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

After 5 minutes, uncover and stir. Boil about another 5 minutes, or until the orzo is tender.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Remove the orzo from the heat and stir the parmesan cheese into the pasta until it has fully melted.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

Chop the sun-dried tomatoes (I like to use my food processor), and add those along with the basil, stirring to combine. Add in some pepper, to taste, and give it one last stir before serving.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

I like to add a little more parmesan cheese on top for a garnish.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

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Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe
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5 from 3 votes

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 oz dry orzo pasta
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped in food processor
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • Pepper


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in sauce pan over medium-high heat
  • Once shimmering, add garlic and saute until lightly golden, then pour in chicken broth
  • Bring broth to a boil, then add orzo pasta
  • Reduce heat to medium and cover
  • Allow to gently boil 5 minutes, then uncover
  • Stir and continue to boil uncovered until orzo is tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Remove from heat and add in parmesan cheese and stir until melted
  • Toss in sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and season with pepper as desired
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo Recipe

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10 thoughts on “Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

  1. YUM!!! If it weren’t for your blog and the amazing recipes you share, my family would be eating tacos and spaghetti every night! haha 🙂

  2. This looks great my family loves pasta especially my daughter. Adding these ingredients to my grocery list.

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