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Black And White Orzo With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Salata

Orzo Mediterranean Style

Orzo Mediterranean Style

When in Whole Foods last week I saw in the bulk pasta section several different types of pasta that are all locally made (Brooklyn) die cut and organic, I loved the look of the black and white orzo so decided to give it a try. Now I love orzo, I remember a Greek friend used to make a baked orzo dish with tomatoes that was wonderful. This is not baked and it’s not Greek but it does have Mediterranean flavors. It’s simple to make and can be served hot or cold. No recipe needed make it according to taste, if you don’t have black and white orzo use whatever you have available. I had some heirloom cherry tomatoes grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn, the basil and parsley came from my garden, I think the ricotta salata is Italian in origin but for the most part this dish is made with ingredients made or grown locally, I love that! You can add whatever herbs you like, I chose basil and parsley. This is simple to make, no recipe required, tailor to your tastebuds and is good hot or cold.

Makes 2 servings

12 (approximately) cherry tomatoes

2-3 cloves garlic skin removed

1 cup orzo

handfull basil and parsley

ricotta salata (a little less than a cup cubed or broken into small pieces)

olive oil

salt and pepper

 

Heat oven to 375 degrees, lay parchment or foil on 1/4 sheet pan, place the tomatoes whole on the sheet pan along with the garlic, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, Roast for 20-30 minutes or until tomatoes are soft, a little caramelized and have given off some of their juices, the garlic should also be soft. Remove from the oven to cool. While tomatoes are roasting boil the orzo, I like it al dente it took about 15 minutes. Drain and put in bowl, chop the basil and parsley and ricotta salata and add to bowl, Smash the garlic with a fork and mix with the tomatoes, add to the orzo and toss to combine. Before serving check for seasoning and drizzle some good olive oil on top.

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  1. I haven’t had orzo in years, this looks delicious.

    July 15, 2014
    • Thank you, me too. I saw the orzo in the store and and immediately remembered how much I love it. It’s very simple and delicious. Thank you so much.

      July 15, 2014
  2. Ummey @notbikiniready #

    This looks delicious! I wish I had some right about now 😊

    July 15, 2014
    • Thank you, wish I could bring you some.

      July 15, 2014
      • Ummey @notbikiniready #

        😊😊hehe

        July 15, 2014
  3. The perfect vegetarian dish. It looks light and yummy.

    July 15, 2014
  4. I love Greek salads Suzanne! I have never tried orzo. I will buy some now for the next time.

    July 15, 2014
  5. Lovely flavors!

    July 15, 2014
  6. Orzo looks like rice. Never tried it. Looks delicious thanks for the recipe Suzanne

    July 15, 2014
    • It does look like rice but is made from wheat, it’s a type of pasta. Thanks so much.

      July 15, 2014
  7. This looks good. I love the idea of black and white orzo, although I am not sure I could source it here #NoWholeFoodsInDublin

    July 15, 2014
    • Hmmm.. I had never seen it before and it’s from a local Brooklyn company. If you make it use regular white orzo, it works great. Thanks so much.

      July 15, 2014
  8. Great suggestion. I use orzo on soup 90% of the time. I really need to do this kind of dish: love it.

    July 15, 2014
    • It’s wonderful in soup but stands on it’s own beautifully also. Thanks so much Alex.

      July 15, 2014
  9. I have never heard of black and white orzo. I love orzo too Suzanne. This looks so delicious! I pretty much have everything on hand, except the ricotta salata, I better pick some up!

    July 15, 2014
    • I also had never heard of black and white orzo, saw it in a bulk bin with the story of the Brooklyn based company that makes it and had to buy it. I’m a sucker or local merchandise. I love ricotta salata, bought some at the same time I got the pasta without anything in particular in mind, it just caught my fancy, Thank you so much.

      July 15, 2014
  10. This looks really delicious, I just love roasted tomatoes, especially this time of year.

    July 15, 2014
    • Me too, I wish I had planted them this year, tomatoes and corn, the best this time of year. Thanks so much Cheri.

      July 15, 2014
  11. Sue #

    a nice and simple recipe with some good sharp flavors!

    July 15, 2014
    • It certainly is simple but you are so right the flavor of the tomatoes and cheese is definitely sharp. Thank you Sue.

      July 15, 2014
      • Sue #

        Yes, ricotta salata is one of those treasures that packs a huge punch . . . if you like it! Which I do. I hope I spelled that right, because I’m too lazy to go back to your post! Great recipe though, because my hub loves orzo and is always buying orzo salads from the deli.

        July 15, 2014
  12. That looks like a really summery pasta dish. And it’s great that you were able to flavour it with garden herbs.

    July 15, 2014
    • Yes, I will often make something similar but I don’t roast the tomatoes and I load it up with fresh basil and parsley and olive oil instead of ricotta salata I use pecorino romano. I love using the fresh flavors of summer.Thanks so much.

      July 15, 2014
  13. I don’t know what orzo is? But looks delish

    July 15, 2014
    • Orzo is a small dried pasta, it’s delicious and I love that it can be eaten with a spoon. It’s great in soups or on it’s own. Hope you can find it and try it some day,

      July 15, 2014
      • ah yes i think i might know it. My pug died yesterday, so devastated, you would know how it feels. He was so much a part of our family, such a character, so devastated without him 😦

        July 19, 2014
      • OMG I am so so sorry, I do know how you feel. Please accept my sincere condolences. How old was your pug.

        July 19, 2014
  14. Oh, yum, Suzanne . . . I’m definitely gonna try this one!

    July 15, 2014
  15. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    I love easy quick meals – but have yet to try orzo!
    This looks delish! Love the flavor combo of basil, parsley & ricotta!

    July 15, 2014
    • Thanks Shashi, it’s really such a simple dish and orzo is wonderful you have to try it.

      July 15, 2014
  16. M-R #

    Looks wonderful and easy, and makes me salivate. I haven’t come across ricotta salata (sì è veramente italiano !) before: it must be a bit like feta, at least … Doubt if I’d find B&W orzo easily; but any risoni would do, I know. Lovely !

    July 15, 2014
    • Yes ricotta salata is very much like feta, a bit drier but it can be used interchangeably, Yes any risoni would do for this dish or any small pasta, orecchiette or even Israeli cous cous would be nice. Thank you so much.

      July 15, 2014
      • I love ricotta salata, there is something about it that I find so appealing. I use it in panzanella a lot. Can’t wait for the good tomatoes at the farmers market,

        July 15, 2014
  17. This is a great way to use cherry tomatoes–sounds really good!

    July 15, 2014
    • It is, one year I grew them and roasted trays of tomatoes and put them in jars to save. Thanks so much.

      July 16, 2014
  18. Liz #

    beautiful! and I especially love how “loose” your recipes are. Less intimidating that way. You have made me very hungry 🙂

    July 15, 2014
    • Sometimes its not really a recipe, the food is begging to be re interpreted and tailored to the individuals tastes. This is one of those dishes that I put together and is easily changed. Thanks so much Liz.

      July 16, 2014
  19. very pretty indeed, isnt it wonderful to try out new foods!

    July 16, 2014
    • It is so wonderful especially when they I like them. Thank you so much.

      July 16, 2014
      • yes the joy is in the looking and the liking 🙂 to quote an actor in a movie +- 🙂 happy Wednesday

        July 16, 2014
  20. I love Orzo and your salad looks delicious and fresh. When we go for a picnic this is my favorite salad and in winter I use Orzo to make soup 🙂

    July 16, 2014
    • Thats exactly what I like to do. Cold orzo salad in summer and hot soup in winter. It’s such a versatile pasta. Thank you so much.

      July 16, 2014
  21. how very delish – this is something everyone in my family would love.

    July 16, 2014
    • This is a great weekday dish, comes together quickly and everyone really likes. Thank you so much.

      July 16, 2014
  22. Very beautiful, simple and few ingredients….it’s as if it was written for me, haha! I LOVE orzo and this is so pretty with the combo orzo. I love the addition of basil and parsley…I really don’t think there is a dish that I don’t love basil on!

    July 16, 2014
    • It really is so simple, remove the cheese and it’s vegan. I’m sure you would find some worthy sub for the cheese and make it incredible. Thanks Brandi!

      July 16, 2014
  23. Your pasta combination is so tempting Suzanne! How great is ricotta salata for this kind of dish!

    July 16, 2014
    • I love ricotta salata, it’s so versatile and is great crumbled in pasta dishes. Thanks so much Viviana!

      July 16, 2014
  24. I find orzo very pretty and satisfying. Maybe because it looks like rice. 🙂 I did not know there were black ones too. Pasta with ricotta and vegetable is fabulous!

    July 16, 2014
    • I do too, it does resemble rice which I love. It’s comfort food for me, reminds of childhood when my Mom made it or pastine in chicken broth, Thanks so much Fae.

      July 17, 2014
  25. Wow this salad looks delicious Suzanne. …..orzo never heard about this – it looks like flattened rice……wil try to find orzo in the supermarket and try this recipe …..

    July 17, 2014
    • I hope you would give orzo a try, it’s really wonderful and I know you could something delicious with it.

      July 17, 2014
      • Sure Suzanne my family love pastas and your recipe sounds different so definitely wil give it a try as soon as I find orzo and

        July 17, 2014
  26. Lovely, Suz. Perfect for a hot day!! I love cherry tomatoes and any form of ricotta!!

    July 17, 2014
    • Thanks Em, me too, on bruschetta is one of my favorite ways to eat ricotta and tomato.

      July 17, 2014
  27. This is a great dish, Suzanne! The cherry tomatoes and the ricotta salata complement the orzo wonderfully! Definitely Mediterranean!

    July 17, 2014
    • It is a really nice dish, I love the ricotta salata combined with the tomato and herb, it’s very tasty. Thanks so much,

      July 17, 2014
  28. Looks delicious! I’m going to give it a try this weekend – I have some white orzo in the pantry. Ideal summer dish!

    July 17, 2014
    • I always use white orzo, it’s wonderful. It really is a great summer dish! Thanks so much.

      July 17, 2014
  29. Huh, ricotta salata I’ve never heard off! Sounds delish. I’ve just Googled it as I’m nosy like that – you knew that already?! Hah! At least the orzo I can buy here. But I’m still not eating pasta. Loving all of the tomatoes and salads, though. Yes, at last summer has arrived. 🙂

    July 17, 2014
    • Hah! That is just one of the things I love about you Johnny. I’m nosy like that too! I don’t eat very much pasta but figure this is very small pasta, load it with tomatoes and cheese other veggies would work too and it won’t be do bad. Flawed reasoning right?

      July 17, 2014
  30. Looks delicious, we eat a lot of Orzo and we also add a lot of different vegetables too, including roasted cherry tomatoes… and black olives, asparagus, etc.. 🙂

    July 17, 2014
    • Yum, I love how you can literally add any vegetable to this and it’s always good. I love the black olive addition and of course asparagus, love it too. Thanks so much Michael.

      July 18, 2014
  31. Fig & Quince #

    Great as always. Arezo is Farsi for “hope, dream” and let me just say that it’s my arezo to try this orzo recipe 😉

    July 17, 2014
    • Lol, Azita, I have some black and white orzo if you want it!! Thank you!

      July 18, 2014
  32. Yum, I love this combination of flavours. So delicious. We call this type of pasta ‘risoni’ in Australia I think, it’s so good for pasta salads to eat cold! I definitely wanna try this one! X

    July 18, 2014
  33. Ah… I think you’ve just answered the “what to have for dinner tonight” question! 🙂

    July 18, 2014
  34. I love orzo– I usually top with ratatouille or eggplants and tomatoes. I’m curious about the B&W orzo, it looks cool! Squid ink?

    July 18, 2014
    • You know I’m not sure if it’s squid ink, not sure what else would give that deep black color. I would love this with a ratatouille or eggplant and tomatoes. It’s been a long time since I’ve had ratatouille must make it again. Thank you.

      July 18, 2014
  35. I’ve never seen black orzo before… how intriguing! I was wondering if it might be squid ink too. This looks like a great weeknight meal to toss together, that gives a beautiful hit of flavour!

    July 18, 2014
    • I hadn’t either Margot, black linguine or other type yes but not orzo. There was not really a detectible difference in the flavor but the pasta itself was good. Thanks so much it was a tasty meal.

      July 19, 2014
  36. Wow – where do you find black orzo???? What a great combo.

    July 21, 2014
    • My local whole foods had black and white orzo from a small local Brooklyn company, I thought it’s such a great idea. Thanks so much.

      July 21, 2014
  37. Simple ingredients, amazing dish. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne. And I can’t wait to meet you soon!! 😀

    July 21, 2014
  38. I’ve never had orzo – is it similar to rice? If I ever come across it I’ll know how to prepare it….

    July 24, 2014

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