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This Fire Roasted Tomato Orzo Pasta is bite after bite of yummy. Full of flavor and texture, this is a pasta recipe you will want to make again and again.
First we start with tender orzo pasta cooked to perfection, then tossed in an amazing tangy dressing made from orange blossom honey and fresh lemon. To that we add fire roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, crunchy walnuts and crumbled feta.
I told you it was full of flavor. You have to try it for yourself. Everyone needs a new recipe for the New Year. 🙂
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Fire Roasted Tomato Orzo Pasta
If you have followed Buy This Cook That for a while, you may have noticed we use honey in many of our recipes. And not just the obvious sweet treats.
I use honey in my sauces, marinades, spicy dishes and more. One of my favorite ways to use honey as a natural sweetener is in pasta salad. Not too sweet, but a great flavor for the tangy pasta dressing. The natural taste of honey binds other ingredients and seasonings together so well.
Using Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar gives this orzo pasta recipe a wonderful flavor, plus it helps the dressing cling to each and every bite. My favorite part? It comes with the natural honeycomb.
You can find Don Victor® Honey in the Hispanic section of your local Walmart. (You will want to grab two, trust me.)
Don Victor® Honey is raw and unfiltered. It is not heated or processed in any way. It is the perfect complement to new and more health conscious recipes for the New Year.
We have a little surprise for this Fire Roasted Tomato Orzo Pasta recipe. We use the Don Victor honeycomb, too. It gives this dish amazing aroma and texture. The hot fire roasted tomatoes melt the honeycomb into the lemony dressing and it is so good.
You can also eat the honeycomb as is. I love to spread mine on hot biscuits. Out of this world good. And you should try it with cheddar cheese and rakers. (Trust me.)
Speaking of the fire roasted tomatoes, you can prepare yours on the grill or in a skillet. Toss the tomatoes in a little oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and pop under a hot broiler.
You want the skins to blister and burst. The flavor of the tomatoes intensifies and is perfect for the orzo pasta.
We use small campari tomatoes. If you cannot find those, use cherry tomatoes.
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Once your tomatoes are nice and hot, add them into the dressing. (Get the complete recipe at the bottom of this post.) The savory roasted tomatoes warm the tart-sweet honey lemon dressing. Stir in garlic, salt + pepper then toss with the prepared orzo pasta.
You can also make this recipe using your favorite type of pasta. Rigatoni, penne, bowtie…you name it, this recipe will work.
Toss the Fire Roasted Tomato Orzo Pasta with a heaping handful of chopped fresh spinach, walnut pieces and salty feta cheese. You get the orange blossom premium honey from Don Victor®, the zesty lemon, the tang of the tomatoes….
A orzo pasta dish is so good, you won’t be able to stop eating. A great new idea to add to your recipe box for the New year.
(And Don Victor® Honey is the perfect addition to your pantry.)
This Orzo Pasta Recipe is Perfect For:
- Entertaining, parties, and potlucks
- Side dish to boost any meal
- Meal prep idea for a light lunch for the work day
- Anytime you need something “different
- 8 ounces dry orzo pasta
- 2 generous tablespoons Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar
- 2 inches Don Victor® Honeycomb chopped
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt plus a pinch
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus a pinch
- 8 campari tomatoes or 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach chopped
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
Cook the orzo pasta to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well.
Turn on the broiler of your oven. In a cast iron skillet, toss the tomatoes with half of the olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place under the broiler. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
Cooking times may vary based on the heat of your broiler. Watch the tomatoes carefully. You want the skins to blister and char slightly. You can also cook the tomatoes on a hot grill if preferred.
While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl whisk together the honey, honeycomb, lemon zest, lemon juice. Add half of the olive oil, garlic, the remaining sea salt and black pepper. Combine well and let sit while you are preparing the tomatoes and pasta.
When the tomatoes are done, add them to the honey + lemon mixture. The warm tomatoes will melt the honeycomb into the dressing. Mash the tomatoes slightly and stir to combine well.
Add the orzo pasta, spinach and walnuts. Toss to coat well. Serve with feta cheese.