Tomato Spinach Orzo with Roasted Walnuts

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Since I have discovered orzo, I could eat it every day because it is so delicious. I often use smoked paprika powder in my dishes as it gives the food a more smokey flavour. Smoked paprika is also perfect to add a meaty BBQ flavour to vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Servings: 2 people

 

Ingredients


525 ml vegetable orzo

230 g orzo

100 g leek

2 garlic cloves

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1/2 lemon (juice and zest)

40 g walnuts

325 g cherry tomatoes

125 g baby spinach

50 g parmesan

3 tsp smoked paprika powder

salt

pepper

 

Method


1. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover.


2. Finely chop the leek and garlic. Heat some olive oil in a pan, fry leek and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the orzo and fry for another 2 minutes. Deglaze everything with white wine vinegar, lemon juice and vegetable stock, let simmer for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.


3. Roast the walnuts without oil in a pan until they start to smell, set aside.


4. Meanwhile, halve the cherry tomatoes and wash the baby spinach.


5. In the same pan, fry the cherry tomatoes with smoked paprika powder for 3 minutes. Add the baby spinach and fry for another 2 minutes.


6. Cut the parmesan into thin slices. Mix half of the cheese with the tomato-spinach mixture and the cooked orzo. Season to perfection with salt and pepper.


7. Garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese, lemon zest and roasted walnuts.


Enjoy!


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