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Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Basil in Orzo Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes and orzo pasta come together to make a delicious, one-pan recipe that your family is sure to devour for dinner!

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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 ingredients on a granite countertop

Step by Step


  • 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


Start by heating the oil in a large saucepan and mince the garlic to add to the pan. Cook the garlic until it has turned brown, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t burn.

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 vegetable broth here instead of chicken broth.

Broth boiling in a sauce pot over a gas stovetop

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

Orzo pasta added to hot broth in a sauce pot over a gas stovetop

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

Sauce pot with lid closed over gas stovetop

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

Orzo pasta cooking in a sauce pot on a gas stovetop

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

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 tomatoes in a food processor with a wooden background
Sun-dried tomatoes added to orzo pasta in a sauce pot over a gas stovetop

I like to add a little more parmesan cheese on top for garnish along with a sprig of fresh basil.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Basil in Orzo Pasta in a small brown dish with extra ingredients in the background (vertical)


Originally Published On: October 15, 2017

Last Updated On: July 22, 2021

Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Basil in Orzo Pasta in a small brown dish with extra ingredients in the background

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Sun-dried tomatoes and orzo pasta come together to make a delicious, one-pan recipe that your family is sure to devour for dinner!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Side Dish
Servings: 4
4.89 from 9 votes


  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 918mg38%
Potassium 587mg17%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 260mg26%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

48 thoughts on “Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Basil in Orzo Pasta”

  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 🙂

    1. I never thought about adding sundried tomatoes to my orzo recipe. I will give it a try on Sunday. I like the presentation.

  2. Tonya Michelle

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

    1. Orzo is interesting because you cook it like pasta, and it has the texture of pasta, but is the size of rice. It’s one of my favorite types of pasta, definitely worth a try for you!

    1. Orzo is my favorite pasta, you should definitely give it a try! This recipe is a great side dish, and if you search my website for orzo you’ll find some main meals with it, too.

  3. This looks heavenly! The perfect comfort food. I”ll have to give it a try. If orzo is not available, is there any other type of pasta, I can sub it with?

  4. Such a perfect summer meal! I love orzo and this sounds so good and refreshing! Especially with this heat its so hard to figure out what to make.

    1. The chicken broth does add a lot of flavor instead of just plain water. I’ve made a lot of meals lately with orzo since it’s my favorite. If you search you can find quite a few ideas for meals.

  5. Oh, this sounds just fabulous! I really like the idea of using chicken broth instead of water too. I also love sun-dried tomatoes, can’t wait to try this dish!!

  6. This looks so good! Sundries tomatoes are something I love but for some reason rarely use at home. I can’t wait to try this recipe and change that!

  7. Melanie williams

    Ooo this looks like a little pot of yumminess. This will be ideal for my Spanish tapas night. Thank you so much!! xx

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