Dried Tomato, Basil and Orzo Salad

Here’s a super quick and easy salad that captures the best of summer flavors…tomato and basil. It’s quickly become a favorite around here this summer. Give it a try, I think you’ll like it!

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked orzo pasta

1/2 c chopped fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup chopped, dried tomatoes

2 T olive oil

1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 t salt

1/2 t ground black pepper

First of all, the original recipe called for oil packed dried tomatoes but I just use our dried tomatoes, crushed, and with a little oil poured over them.

Cook the orzo in a large pot of boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Place basil and tomatoes in a food processor and pulse 4 or 5 times until blended.

This is what our basil-tomato mixture looks like.

In a large bowl, toss together the orzo, basil-tomato mixture, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled.

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