Spicy Tomato Orzo

Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
0:20 m

This is a sign to make this delicious vegan recipe TONIGHT. This orzo dish is packed with flavour and has a really tasty blend of spices. If you're feeling adventurous, add a handful of spinach into the mix for an extra green kick.

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For the recipe

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Before you start

Large heavy-bottom saucepan

Prepare the ingredients

  • Peel and dice the onions and garlic
  • Halve the cherry tomatoes
  • Roughly chop the sun-dried tomatoes
  • Mix the stock pot with 600ml boiling water

Make the base

  • Place a large pan over a medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil (we use the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes)
  • Once warm, add the diced onion, garlic and a pinch of salt
  • Mix well and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the onion begins to feel soft
  • Once the onion is soft, add the paprika, chilli powder, cayenne pepper (if using) and chopped cherry tomatoes
  • Mix well and cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes begin to soften
  • At this point, stir through the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, tomato puree and harissa paste and cook for a couple of minutes

Cook the orzo

  • Stir through the orzo until it's completely coated in that delicious tomatoey sauce before adding half of the stock water
  • Once the water has been absorbed, slowly keep adding the stock until the orzo is completely cooked

Finish the orzo

  • When all of the water is nearly absorbed and the pasta feels cooked, stir through the balsamic vinegar, plant-based cream and spinach (if using)

To serve

  • Top with some basil leaves and cracked fresh pepper on top
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