Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time25 mins
  • Makes4 adult servings
Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

The teeny rice-shaped pasta in this yummy orzo risotto is fun for kids to eat and packed with energy-boosting carbs.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups orzo

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 cup tomato juice

  • 1 1/4 cups water

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

  • 1 plum tomato, finley chopped

  • 1 cup pearl bocconcini

  • 3/4 cup chopped basil


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, then orzo and garlic. Cook for 1 min. Pour in broth, tomato juice and water. Cook, stirring often, until orzo has absorbed most of the liquid, 10 to 12 min. Risotto should be slightly saucy but not soupy.

  • Stir in Parmesan and tomato. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in pearl bocconcini and basil just before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 24g, Carbohydrates 55g, Fat 18g, Fibre 3g, Sodium 550mg.

For an extra boost of nutrition, stir in 1 cup of chopped spinach just before serving.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent November 2014 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.