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Jamie's creamy veg and mozzarella orzo recipe

Jamie's creamy veg and mozzarella orzo recipe

17 ratings

Jamie says: "I’m taking pasta in a new direction using orzo and juicy cherry tomatoes. These little guys may be small in size, but they’re big on flavour and a great source of vitamin C. This easy dinner is a one-pan wonder that’s ready in 30 mins – what’s not to love?" See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 30 mins
  • 438 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • red wine vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • olive oil
  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • ½ bunch of basil (20g)
  • 300g orzo pasta
  • 1 veg stock cube
  • 125g mozzarella
2 of your 5-a-day and a source of magnese, which supports the maintenance of normal bones

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    12g 17%
  • Saturates

    5g 26%
  • Sugars

    9g 10%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 64.6g Protein 21g Fibre 8.1g


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  1. Place a large, flameproof casserole dish on a high heat. Cut the stalk off the broccoli and set aside. Break up the florets and dry-fry in the hot casserole dish for 7 mins, turning regularly, until charred and slightly softened. Peel the garlic and finely grate ½ a clove into a large bowl, add 1 tbsp each of red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, and mix well. Toss with the hot broccoli, then set aside. Place the casserole dish on a medium-low heat.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion and remaining garlic; trim and finely chop the broccoli stalk. Add everything to the pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook for 10 mins until softened.
  3. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the pan, tear in half of the basil leaves, season with sea salt and black pepper, and stir well. Cover and cook for 5 mins until the tomatoes are starting to burst.
  4. Stir in the orzo until it’s all coated in the sauce. Dissolve the stock cube in 1ltr of boiling water, pour into the pan, then simmer for 10 mins, stirring regularly, until the orzo is tender and the tomatoes are beautifully saucy. Chop the mozzarella into 1cm cubes, scatter into the pasta, and leave to stand for 1 min until melty. Stir through the mozzarella and the remaining basil, and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, if you like. Serve with the charred broccoli.

Tip: Cherry tomatoes are high in vitamin C, which supports the normal function of the immune system, and they're a great way to get in one of your 5-a-day.

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