Basil and sun-dried tomato add flavor and zing to this simple yet delicious pasta salad recipe. It's perfect for picnics, and great served warm or cold.

kgwen

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
23 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.

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  • Place basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor. Pulse 4 or 5 times until blended.

  • In a large bowl, toss together the orzo, basil-tomato mixture, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; protein 10g 20% DV; carbohydrates 38.8g 13% DV; fat 6.9g 11% DV; cholesterol 6.6mg 2% DV; sodium 274.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
This fabulous side dish is another example of "less is more" and "the simpler the better." No reason to change a thing here and frankly to do so would ruin the dish. Subtley flavored and pretty. Wonderful flavor and I think to omit the Parmesan cheese would leave this sorely lacking. I can't comment on how this tastes the next day as I made this scaled to 2 servings and hubby and I ate every grain. In fact I served this with "Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Rollups" tonight also from this site and I'll have to make this orzo again tomorrow night as hubby requested we have this same meal again tomorrow night! Thank you kgwen for your delicious recipe. We were in culinary heaven tonight! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
This recipe tasted nice. I made a few changes including boiling the orzo in vegetable stock to give it extra flavor and adding feta instead of parmesan cheese to give it a more Greek taste. I also added pine nuts to give it a bit of a crunch! Read More
(19)
282 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 161
  • 4 star values: 95
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2008
This fabulous side dish is another example of "less is more" and "the simpler the better." No reason to change a thing here and frankly to do so would ruin the dish. Subtley flavored and pretty. Wonderful flavor and I think to omit the Parmesan cheese would leave this sorely lacking. I can't comment on how this tastes the next day as I made this scaled to 2 servings and hubby and I ate every grain. In fact I served this with "Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Rollups" tonight also from this site and I'll have to make this orzo again tomorrow night as hubby requested we have this same meal again tomorrow night! Thank you kgwen for your delicious recipe. We were in culinary heaven tonight! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2008
As written this recipe may be a bit bland but the base of the recipe is quite good. Read a few reviews and adjusted to personal taste: (1)Doubled the tomato/basil mixture (2) added the zest and juice of one lemon (3) added a splash of red wine vinegar (4) added kalamata olives (5) added a bunch of fresh parsley (6) added about a teaspoon of dried organoe (7) and finally topped it off with some feta cheese once it throughly cooled. Great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2007
This could be a 5 star recipe. I did not add any olive oil. The oil packes sund dried tomoatoes in enough. I even dumped some of this oil out. I added about a 1/3 cup red wine vinegar and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. It always tasted better the next day. Net time I will add black olives. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2010
Wow! This is nice. If you haven't cooked with sun dried tomatoes before you are in for a treat! They are very different from canned and fresh tomatoes. They have a little chew to them and are a bit sweeter compared to fresh. Next time I might add a little sauteed garlic or Italian sausage (sounds yummy just thinking about it!). If you are still unsure about using sun dried tomatoes or if you aren't a tomato lover then try them in this dish or on a homemade pizza. Trust me! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2008
Make the pesto sauce ahead of time and add the salt and pepper right to the food processor or blender with the sun dried tomatoes and basil. Set this aside until you cook the pasta. Once the pasta is drained but still hot try adding feta cheese and oilive oil(this will give it a creamy consistency but omit the parm cheese). Finally add then the pesto sauce. The result will be creamy with mingling flavors: good served hot or cold. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2007
This recipe is a family favorite. We have made it twice since last week when I first came across it. The first time I halved the orzo but kept the rest the same and it had perfect flavor. The second time I made it for dinner and for a heavier meal I made it with bow-ties upping the amount of sun-dried tomatoes. We love this!!! This is a family favorite! Thank you so much!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
This recipe tasted nice. I made a few changes including boiling the orzo in vegetable stock to give it extra flavor and adding feta instead of parmesan cheese to give it a more Greek taste. I also added pine nuts to give it a bit of a crunch! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2009
I have made this with parmesan and with feta both are very good but I think the feta wins overall in our house. When using feta I sprinkle it on right before serving then with leftover I add it to the orzo after it cools. I drain my sundried tomatoes (doubling the amount called for) and cut them into 1/2 inch strips chiffonade the basil and add kalamata olives. We personally like the texture and distinct tastes better. This is a great dish as you can serve warm with dinner as a side dish and have a great cold salad for lunch the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2011
We make this all the time as a main dish. For two of us we use 1 cup orzo 1/3 cup pesto (which we usually have on hand and we have made it both ways and don't taste a big difference) 1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes and 3/4 cup Parmesan. We just cook the pasta and dump the rest of the ingredients in & stir! Much easier than using a food processor! You can add salt & pepper to taste. We add shrimp to make it a main dish. Very quick easy & TASTY!! Read More
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