Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

 

This Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad has been created as part of a #SwansonSummer campaign and I have been compensated by #Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser. This is my own family recipe, but before we get into it, check out some of the other creative recipes in the Swanson Summer Sweepstakes.

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You just can’t beat a dish that’s multi functional.

This Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad recipe works great as a side dish with chicken and can stand alone as a quick and easy lunch. You can also make it ahead of time if you need a dish for a potluck or dinner party. Picky kids? It’s a nice way to sneak some veggies onto their plate. Most kids like rice and orzo pasta resembles it. #WinWinWin

I’ve been getting good use out of my new Sam’s Club membership. My local store is on the way to my parents house so it gives me a good reason to head on over and visit them when I need to make a run there.

This recipe required chicken broth so I stopped by to pick up my mom and headed on over to Sam’s Club and got a six pack of Swanson Chicken Broth.

Swanson Chicken Broth at Sams Club

Swanson Chicken Broth at Sams Club

I always cook my pasta and rice in chicken broth instead of water. It takes the flavor to an entirely different dimension.  I used two quarts in this recipe and will use the other four quarts for dinners this week.

I’d like to add that this product (Swanson Chicken Broth) is MSG free. As someone who is sensitive to MSG (it makes my heart palpitate) I always go for the MSG free option.

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

You can have this pasta salad whipped up in under thirty minutes.

STEP ONE

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

Start by cutting your grape or cherry tomatoes in half. Next you are going to want to finely chop a small red onion. Take your basil, roll it up and with a sharp knife cut it (chiffonade) into ribbons. Slice your lemon in half and then let’s go on to make the dressing.

STEP TWO

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

This pasta salad dressing is really just the simplest. Simple things taste better I think.

You’re going to juice the lemon you cut in half into a small bowl and add to it your olive oil, dijon mustard, salt & pepper and then whisk away until everything has emulsified.

STEP THREE

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

Time to cook your pasta.

In a large pot bring your Swanson Chicken Broth to a boil. Add in your orzo pasta and cook as directed.

Be sure not to boil and drain your pasta before preparing your veggies and dressing. If you do, the starches on the pasta will make it stick together in one big lump. You want to make sure your freshly drained pasta has all its starches on it so the dressing will coat it instead.

STEP FOUR

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

When your pasta has fully cooked and absorbed all that chicken broth flavor you are going to want to drain it completely and turn it out into a large mixing bowl.

STEP FIVE

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

To your cooked and drained pasta add your red onion, basil and tomatoes. Pour your dressing over everything and stir until combined.

Place your pasta salad into the refrigerator to chill or eat it right away.

Personally I like to eat it warm. I think it tastes better…

Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad


Tomato Basil Orzo Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 64 ounces (8 cups) Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth
  • 16 ounces orzo pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 3 tbs fresh basil chiffonade
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  2. Finely dice your red onion
  3. Chiffonade your fresh basil (roll it and slice into ribbons)
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the juice of two lemons, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. This will be your pasta salad dressing.
  5. Bring your chicken broth to a boil.
  6. Add your orzo pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Drain pasta and pour it into a large bowl.
  8. To your pasta, add the tomatoes, red onion, basil and dressing. Toss to coat.

How about you? Do you cook your pasta in chicken broth as well? Do you have a “go-to” Summer pasta salad recipe? Sound off in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!