Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo Pasta Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo Pasta Recipe

How To Make Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo Pasta

This light orzo pasta dish is made delicious by the strong sour taste of sun-dried tomatoes and made creamy with Parmesan cheese. It’s perfect for dieting.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1lbchicken breasts,boneless skinless, diced into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1tbspolive oil,plus 1 tsp additional
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 8ozdry orzo pasta
  • cupslow-sodium chicken broth
  • cupsun dried tomato halves packed in oil with herbs
  • ¾cupfinely shredded parmesan cheese,to taste
  • cupfresh basil,chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. 

  2. Once shimmering add chicken, season lightly with salt and pepper, and cook until golden, about 3 minutes then rotate to opposite sides and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  3. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm. 

  4. Add remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil to saute pan then add garlic and saute 20 seconds, or just until lightly golden, then pour in chicken broth while scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 

  5. Bring broth to a boil then add orzo pasta, reduce heat to medium cover pan with the lid and allow to gently boil 5 minutes then uncover, stir and continue to boil uncovered until orzo is tender, about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

  6. Once the pasta has cooked through toss the chicken in with orzo then remove it from the heat.

  7. Add in parmesan cheese and stir until melted, then toss in sun-dried tomatoes, basil and season with pepper.

  8. Add more broth to thin if desired. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

As the pasta rests it will soak up excess liquid and I liked it with a little excess so I added a little more.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 578.74kcal
  • Fat: 23.00g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.53g
  • Trans Fat: 0.12g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.45g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.30g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.98g
  • Fiber: 2.32g
  • Sugar: 2.31g
  • Protein: 44.69g
  • Cholesterol: 91.53mg
  • Sodium: 891.63mg
  • Calcium: 373.96mg
  • Potassium: 600.16mg
  • Iron: 2.41mg
  • Vitamin A: 95.74µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.53mg
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