Orzo Risotto with Tomato & Mascarpone

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This creamy one pot orzo risotto is made with tomatoes and mascarpone which makes it such an indulgent and tasty main meal. Serve topped with a sprinkling of parmesan for an easy weeknight dinner.

Orzo risotto is a thing and it’s so much better than normal risotto.

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Orzotto in a white pot with a checked cloth

Yeah, I said it. I really do think pretty much everything can be improved by using pasta. This dish is so creamy and comforting just like risotto but it’s quicker and easier thanks to the quick cooking pasta which I love.

I also took a short cut to extra creaminess by adding mascarpone to the dish just before serving. This helped to make the whole thing feel super indulgent and tasty. I cannot get enough.

In terms of other flavours I kept it pretty simple with some parsley and basil, chopped tomatoes and of course plenty of onion and garlic. You could of course add extra veggies or protein if you like.

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Close up of one pot orzo with basil

Why we love this orzo risotto…

First off, it’s so easy to make with just a few quick steps until the pasta is tender and the dish is ready to eat. 

It’s also so quick and comes together much more quickly than a normal risotto because the orzo cooks in half the time. 

This is also a lovely vegetarian main option which would be perfect for feeding a crowd if you’ve got veggie guests coming over but it’s still guaranteed to please meat eaters.

You can easily add meat or vegetables to this base recipe and really make it your own. Stir through cooked chicken before serving or try stirring through a few handfuls of spinach.

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Overhead close up of orzotto with basil

Tomato & Mascarpone Orzotto Ingredients

Onion and Garlic

Vegetable Stock: You can use store bought or homemade, whatever you have on hand.

Chopped Tomatoes: Go for your favourite brand.

Mascarpone: This adds such an amazing creaminess to the orzo.

Orzo: This quick cooking pasta is key to making this dish so simple.

Parsley and Basil: These fresh herbs add so much flavour to the finished dish!

Overhead shot of orzo risotto on a marble surface

Close up of one pot orzo with a wooden spoon

How to make one pot orzo with tomato & mascarpone

Start the risotto: Heat the oil over a medium heat and fry the onion and garlic until softened then season well.

Cook the pasta: Add the stocks and tomatoes to the pot and bring to a simmer then add the orzo and parsley and cook until the orzo is tender.

Finish: Add the mascarpone and parmesan and stir through then serve.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

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White pot of orzo risotto with a wooden spoon

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Orzo Risotto with Tomato & Mascarpone

This creamy one pot orzo risotto is made with tomatoes and mascarpone which makes it such an indulgent and tasty main meal. Serve topped with a sprinkling of parmesan for an easy weeknight dinner.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 851kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 250 g Mascarpone
  • 500 g Orzo
  • 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 30 g Parmesan grated
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a pot over a medium heat and add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes then add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Add a big pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the stock and chopped tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Add the orzo and parsley and simmer for about 20 minutes until the orzo is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir through the mascarpone and parmesan and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Orzo Risotto with Tomato & Mascarpone
Amount Per Serving
Calories 851 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 1307mg54%
Potassium 519mg15%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1667IU33%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Kiki Johnson
    02/03/2020 at 10:33 PM

    5 stars
    OMG Orzo Risotto- or shall we say Orzotto? Such a creative idea for a vegetarian main!

  • Reply
    Marie-Charlotte Chatelain
    02/03/2020 at 10:34 PM

    5 stars
    The creaminess of this ! OUT OF CONTROL! I would love this – no meat needed for me, it looks just perfect as is! Love the pics too.

  • Reply
    Mirlene
    02/03/2020 at 11:09 PM

    5 stars
    This risotto looks absolutely fantastic – way better than most of the recipes I have stumbled upon recently. I definitely need to fix it some time soon!

  • Reply
    Jayne
    02/03/2020 at 11:11 PM

    5 stars
    I love making risotto and the flavors in this recipes are amazing.

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    02/03/2020 at 11:17 PM

    5 stars
    This looks amazing. So creamy. I am going to be trying it out very soon for sure.

  • Reply
    Caroline
    03/03/2020 at 12:09 AM

    5 stars
    I love how creamy this becomes with the mascarpone in there, but also with that great tomato flavor – it looks so comforting and tasty!

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