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The Easiest One Pan Caprese Pesto Orzo Bake. Trust me, this is going to become your new go-to for busy nights. Roasted tomatoes with garlic, shallots, and olive oil, all tossed together with dry orzo pasta, basil pesto, then finished with melty mozzarella cheese. This incredible dish is all made in one pan without even having to boil any water. Just mix, bake, eat, and enjoy!

Easiest One Pan Caprese Pesto Orzo Bake |

I know this is a recipe post, but for long-time readers, I just have to quickly say how incredible the last few days have been. Your support for me is just so sweet and incredible to feel. I feel so very loved by you all and I just want to say thank you, thank you!

For everyone who has already received the book, what’s your favorite recipe so far?!

Going to chat more about all this fun stuff on Sunday, but I just had to say thank you!

Ok, ok, back to today’s recipe. This is the easiest recipe and certainly my favorite of the week!! 

I honestly have no idea how I thought to put this one together, but it’s pretty perfect. The flavors are nothing new by any means, but the cooking method is super smart. And the end product is so very delicious. 

A lot of times one-pan pasta dishes aren’t cooked properly. But because we’re using orzo, which is such a small pasta, it cooks up really well!! 

Here are the simple, simple steps

Start out by roasting the tomatoes, just to get them cooking before we add the pasta. I added some garlic, shallots, and chili flakes to bump up the flavor a bit. 

When the tomatoes start sizzling, pull them out and add the DRY orzo pasta, a jar of basil pesto, and some peperoncinis. The peperoncinis are not traditional for Caprese, but I’m obsessed with them and they add a lot of flavor to the dish. 

The next key ingredient…water. 

So simple, and yes, technically not an ingredient. But the water cooks the pasta just as if we had boiled it on the stove. Once the water is in, bake another 10 minutes or so. Allowing the water to cook into the pasta, then stir, and sprinkle over the cheese. Now finish baking! 

Finish it up and eat 

When the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted, pull the pan out. If there’s a lot of oil on top from the jar of pesto, just drain that off and save it for dipping with bread (YUMMM). 

Top with plenty of fresh basil and that’s literally it. SO SIMPLE, SO DELICIOUS! And I love that there’s basically no prep or extra dishes. 

Simple but delicious really is the key! 

Looking for other easy pasta bakes? Here are my favorites: 

One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Whipped Ricotta

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

4 Cheese Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake

Lastly, if you make this Easy One Pan Caprese Pesto Orzo Bake, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Easiest One Pan Caprese Pesto Orzo Bake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 444 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
    2. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, shallots, basil, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Roast 10 minutes. Pull the tomatoes out of the oven. To the same pan, add the orzo, pesto, and peperoncinis. Pour over 2 1/2 cups of water and stir to combine. Return the dish to the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until most of the water has cooked into the pasta, but not all of it.
    3. Stir the pasta around, then sprinkle over the cheese. Bake another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the sauce bubbling. If there's a lot of oil from the pesto on top, drain off the excess. Top with fresh basil!
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is DELICIOUS and so simple to make. The flavors just POP! I tripled the tomatoes because we just love them so much and added julienned spinach.
    Taking this to a family tonight with great confidence that it will be a hit! (And of course making it for our family as well. By the way, making two pans is a brilliant idea because it’s perfect for left overs and even cold or in a kiddos lunch box!)

    1. Hi SaraAnne,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Thanks for your kind message:) xx

    2. For us Canadians , can you advise how many cups of orzo ?. The internet told me 1 pound is equal to 4 cups – against my gut feeling that was too much orzo I used that amount and the orzo did not fully cook . Boo 🙁

      1. Hi Mel,
        Sorry about that, our orzo comes in a 1 pound box which is about 2 cups. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    1. Hi Bethany,
      You could add cooked sausage or chicken to the dish, either of those would work well for you! Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

        1. Hey Kerri,
          Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xT

    1. Hey Gill,
      Awesome!! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for your comment and sharing your feedback! xxT

    1. Hi Laura,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a go! xxT

  2. I can’t seem to find orzo where I live, is there a different pasta I could use instead? Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Anne,
      You can use any other short cut noodle, elbows would be great! Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope it turns out amazing! xx

  3. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I’ve been wanting to make this for a bit, and I did tonight! I cooked everything a little longer than the times in the recipe, but it came out very well! A word of caution: even though it is tempting, don’t eat the tomatoes whole right after you pull this out of the oven. Make sure to cut them in half – they are hot!

    1. Hey Amy,
      Fantastic!! Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! xxT

  4. 5 stars
    Another Pasta dish full of flavor!!! And easy it is!!! Roasting the ingredients sure brings on the flavor 😎 A very filling dish I must add!

    1. Hey Andrew,
      Thanks so much for your feedback! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Made this with dinner last night and cannot adequately state how ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS it is!!! Sooo super easy to make and truly bursting with flavor. I warmed some up for lunch just now and it was just as amazing the second time around. Those tomatoes and peperoncinis are just so, good with the melty cheese and fresh basil. Yum, highly recommend!

    1. Hey Megan,
      Thanks so much for your feedback! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I made this today. It was YUMMY. I only cook for 2 so, I halved the recipe. Next time, I will half the recipe, but not the tomatoes. For some reason, I had to cook my pasta about 12 minutes longer than the recipe said. My orzo would not get done. Will make again.

    1. Hi Alisa,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! Have a great week:) xxT