Creamy Tomato Orzo

This Creamy Tomato Orzo is a one-pot wonder that’s ready in 25 minutes flat! Serve it up as a saucy side dish or give it top billing as a tasty vegetarian main course!

Creamy Tomato Orzo

One-Pot Creamy Tomato Orzo Pasta

Since I’m so head-over-fork in love with my Garlic Parmesan Orzo and Creamy Mushroom Orzo recipes, I thought it was time for another tasty re-mix!

This time I let some fire-roasted tomatoes and basil in on the fun and I couldn’t be more excited about the results!

The ingredients are simple and always things we have on hand during the week. The method? Helloooo one pot wonder!

You’re going to laugh but this creamy tomato orzo totally has an adult spaghetti-os vibe to it. It’s also kind of like a pastafied risotto!

The creamy fire-roasted tomato sauce is kissed with flavor from the garlic, basil, parmesan, and Italian spices. It’s simple, but simply delicious!

Tomato Orzo with Basil

Leftover Orzo?

That’s cause for celebration! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. The orzo will soak up some of the sauce so, when reheating, a light drizzle of milk or broth can help if needed.

If you get a chance to try this creamy tomato orzo recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Creamy Tomato Orzo
5 from 8 votes

Creamy Tomato Orzo

This Creamy Tomato Orzo is a one-pot wonder that's ready in 25 minutes flat! Serve it up as a saucy side dish or give it top billing as a tasty vegetarian main course!

Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Tomato Orzo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 357 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons



  1. In a large 3-4 quart pot, melt your butter over medium-high heat. Once hot, add garlic and sauté until tender and fragrant.

  2. Add broth, milk, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir with a metal whisk to deglaze the garlic from the pan.

  3. Bring to a light boil and add your orzo. Reduce heat to medium-low (mine was at a 4) and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally with your whisk to prevent sticking.

  4. After 10 minutes the pasta should be al dente. If you'd like it more tender, feel free to simmer an additional 2-3 minutes.

  5. One the pasta is al-dente or your ideal tenderness, remove pot from heat. Sauce will be thin and thicken as it cools. Whisk in cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

  6. Taste the pasta and season once more to taste. Feel free to add extra salt, pepper, Italian seasoning or even extras like crushe red pepper flakes for a little heat! Garnish with fresh chopped basil and additonal parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy hot.

Recipe Notes

I love the contrast of serving cold/raw tomatoes on top of a hot and creamy pasta dish, hence the tomato garnish in the photos. Love it too? Feel free to follow suit!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tomato Orzo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 935mg41%
Potassium 535mg15%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 857IU17%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 215mg22%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Creamy Tomato Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

hungry for more?

Keep the orzo obsession alive with a piping hot bowl of healthy Orzo Vegetable Soup or get your salad on with my Greek Orzo Pasta Salad.

Today’s recipe features flavorful fire-roasted tomatoes. My favorite is Muier Glen’s organic crushed fire-roasted tomatoes. They’re so good! I add them to soups, pasta, sauces, casseroles, and more all Fall and Winter long.

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  • Rhiannon

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and a new family favourite. Full of flavour and so quick and easy to make. I added some crispy chorizo crumbles to ours. Yum!

  • Marty

    5 stars
    This. Was. Delicious! I served it as a main course with homemade meatballs and fresh spinach stirred in after the orzo was done cooking.

  • Jenni

    5 stars
    This was a perfect side dish, so easy to make any very delicious! A big hit, can’t wait to eat the leftovers 🙂

  • Natalie

    Yum! I added the tomatoes as suggested, but also asparagus and artichoke hearts to make it more of a meal than a side dish since I’m vegetarian.

    • LOVE the added veggies!! So glad it was a hit!

  • Nessa

    5 stars
    This recipe was very easy to make. I used two cups of orzo though and a little more crushed tomatoes. I also used more Italian seasoning. Very food and very delicious.

  • Amy

    5 stars
    Love love love this recipe! It isn’t often I use a recipe “as is” but this one is perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing!

  • You are a pasta wizard!

    • Haha thank you! I love me some carbs!

  • Jen

    5 stars
    This was fantastic, almost decadent!! It was like eating comfort food, but healthier.

    • So so glad you enjoyed it Jen! Thanks!

  • Nellie Tracy

    5 stars
    This is my new go-to meal! Perfect for weeknight dinners!

  • Cindy

    5 stars
    Looks amazing and I’ve never tried making orzo before. Do you think I could use fresh tomatoes instead of canned since it’s tomato season? tysm!

    • Absolutely! Just make sure they’re blended lightly in a blender or food processor until they resemble crushed tomatoes and you’re good to go! We’ve been looooving tomato season RN!

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