Orzo with Grilled Tomatoes, Dill and Cream Cheese

Despite the look orzo is not a rice but pasta that is very quick to cook and kids love it.

Italian rice shaped pasta recipe


  • 500 g orzo pasta
  • 5 tbs cream cheese
  • 3 tbs fresh / frozen dill
  • 4 large tomatoes (cut into wedges)
  • sea salt to taste
  • black peppercorns

rice shaped pasta orzo


  1. Cook orzo in pot with hot water for about 10 minutes, until al dente.
  2. In meantime, when pasta is cooking, place tomatoes on baking tray and grill in the oven with grill option on until soft.
  3. Drain the pasta, stir in cream cheese, dill.
  4. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Serves 4 – 6 people as a side dish or a snack.


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Your thoughts…

  1. Wow! that looks fantastic! Sounds nice & simple, and your pictures are fantastic!

  2. I’m still yet to try Orzo. When I do, it’ll be this way.

  3. Love orzo! Such a simple pasta to use for summer salads. I’ve never thought about adding cream cheese, but it sounds like a great idea!

    I usually make an orzo salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, olives, feta and dill or cilantro. And lemon juice based dressing. It keeps for days!

  4. I am so glad I stumbled upon your website! This recipe looks wonderful and I love the fact that the ingredient list is short. I always seem to forget that cream cheese makes a terrific sauce base. I am definitely keeping this one in mind!

  5. I really like this flavour combo.

  6. What a delicious and filling combo.

  7. hi!
    I just used your idea of adding cream cheese to orzo to make fake out risotto! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  8. Thank you for such a lovely comments :)

    I like the idea of making fake risotto Olga!

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