Orzo Pasta with Meatballs and Vegetable Sauce

Orzo Pasta with Meatballs and Vegetable Sauce by Annabel Karmel


Orzo Pasta with Meatballs and Vegetable Sauce

Mix up your weeknight dinner plan with this delicious twist on an Italian classic: Orzo Pasta with Meatballs and Vegetable Sauce. This recipe is bound to become a new family favourite.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 large tomatoes, quartered
400mls chicken stock
225g orzo pasta
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
25g parmesan, grated

350g mince beef
1/2 red onion, chopped
75g fresh breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, crushed
a few drops Worestershire sauce
1 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the peppers and onion and fry for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are cooked and the sauce has reduced. Add the stock and orzo and cover with a lid. Simmer for about 12- 15 minutes until the orzo is cooked . Remove the lid and add the basil and cheese.
  2. Put the mince beef, onion, breadcrumbs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and thyme into a processor. Whiz until finely chopped. Shape into 20 balls.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add the balls and fry over the heat until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Serve with the orzo.

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