Caprese Orzo

Caprese Orzo

I recently came to the realization that a lot of my favorite recipes are born out of cravings. I’ll crave something in particular and create a new dish around it. For example, my favorite sausage pasta dish came to life because I was feening for some Italian sausage. My all-time favorite dessert recipe was created because I really wanted a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar. And today’s recipe was developed because I had a taste for a caprese salad!

Everyone loves a good caprese salad, right? It’s a fresh, simple dish that always hits the spot. I didn’t think something so easy and delicious could get better but, you guys, I think my pasta version of it takes it to a whole new level. I love carbs so obviously I’ll find any excuse to turn a salad into a pasta dish. The flavors in this dish are so so good and you can serve it warm or cold. I should also mention it’s a super easy dish to whip together and it tastes amazing next to basically everything. You can’t go wrong with this one!!

Caprese Orzo

Caprese Orzo

Caprese Orzo

Caprese Orzo

Caprese Orzo
Serves 4
A refreshing and super easy pasta dish inspired by the delicious flavors of tomato, mozzarella, and basil in a caprese salad.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/3 c. orzo
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 3/4 c. grape tomatoes, quartered
  5. 8 fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
  6. 4 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls
  7. Fresh basil, for garnish
  8. Salt, black pepper
Instructions
  1. Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add salt and stir in the orzo. Cook orzo until tender but still firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo through a strainer.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the garlic in olive oil until golden and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the orzo to the skillet and lightly toss in garlic-olive oil. Add the quartered tomatoes and toss. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until tomatoes have softened.
  3. Add the chiffonaded basil to the skillet and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and toss in mozzarella pearls. The warm pasta will soften and slightly melt the mozzarella. For more melted mozzarella, add to heat and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Tips
  1. If serving cold, add mozzarella pearls once dish is cool and drizzle in olive oil to loosen up pasta.
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