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5 from 11 votes

Creamy Orzo with Marinated Tomatoes

A pasta dish that is like mac 'n cheese all grown up. The richness does not come from fat but from the natural starches found in the orzo pasta
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: light lunch, pasta dish - side
Cuisine: American-Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 2 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 1/4 cups dry orzo pasta 8 oz.
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • For the tomatoes: Whisk together vinegar, oil, shallots, and Dijon and toss with tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Add basil right before serving.
  • For the orzo: Cook orzo in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; drain.
  • Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Whisk in cream and milk and cook until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Add cooked orzo and heat through, 1 minute. Season orzo with salt; serve with tomatoes and top with the sliced fresh basil.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 832IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg