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Orzo with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Orzo with Fresh Tomato Sauce


A light and summery side dish that takes just a few minutes to prepare.



Salt to taste

3⁄4 cup orzo

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic

1⁄2 pound ripe tomatoes, peeled (if you want) and cut into 1⁄2 inch cubes. 

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons loosely packed shredded fresh basil or Italian parsley 


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a pot, and add some salt to taste. 
  • Add the orzo, and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Do not overcook. 
  • While the orzo is cooking, heat some oil in a small pan on medium heat, and add the garlic. 
  • Stir it for about 30 seconds, but DO NOT BROWN IT. 
  • Add the tomatoes and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and the red pepper flakes. 
  • Stir it, and bring it to a boil. 
  • When the 10 minute timer goes off, strain the orzo, and put it back into the pot. 
  • Add the orzo to the basil or parsley and tomato mixture and stir.
  • Serve as a side.