Cheesy chorizo orzo

Smoky chorizo, creamy Primula cheese, rich tomatoes and orzo make up this quick and easy pasta dish- perfect for feeding the whole family!

Cheesy chorizo orzo

Disclosure: This recipe was sponsored by Primula. All words, images and opinions are my own

As we are all relying more and more on dishes that are quick and easy to prepare, and use easy to source ingredients, I have put together this super tasty cheesy chorizo orzo. Chorizo is a great ingredient to have in the fridge as it lasts well, and this just uses some simple storecupboard mixed herbs, and easy to source baby tomatoes to make a really tasty and satisfying pasta dish.

 The dish is finished off with creamy Primula, which melts right into the other ingredients to finish the dish off perfectly. I always have a tube or two of Primula in my fridge- it has a long life and works really well in so many dishes. I love it as the main cheese in homemade mac’n’cheese, as a perfect white sauce replacement in lasagne,or for making a quick Easy healthy tuna pasta bake.

This cheesy chorizo orzo can be ready from start to finish in 25 minutes, I used Primula Original in this version- it melts smoothly into the rest of the ingredients for a satisfyingly creamy finish. 

For my cheesy chorizo orzo you will need:

ingredients to make cheesy chorizo orzo

  • 50g chorizo
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 200g baby tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 750ml chicken stock
  • 200g orzo
  • 120g Primula Original
  • salt & pepper

Step 1: Chop the chorizo finely, dice the onion, cut the tomatoes in half and crush the garlic. Make up the chicken stock ready

Ingredients for cheesy chorizo orzo

Step 2: Fry the chorizo for a few minutes until it’s starting to crisp up a little

frying chorizo

Step 3: Add the onion and fry gently for about 4 minutes until starting to soften

chorizo, onion and garlic in a frying pan

Step 4: Add the garlic, tomatoes and herbs and stir fry for 3 minutes

chorizo, onion, garlic, tomatoes and herbs frying

Step 5: Season with salt and pepper, add the orzo and the chicken stock, give everything a good stir and allow to simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until the orzo is cooked through

cooking orzo with chorizo

Step 6: Once the pasta is cooked through, squeeze in the cheese, and stir to melt it through the pasta

Melting primula cheese through chorizo orzo

Step 7: It’s ready to serve! You can garnish it with fresh parsley, a few little bits of fried chorizo and some baby tomatoes to make it look extra special!

Cheesy chorizo orzo cooked pasta dish made with Primula cheese

If you want to find out more about the Primula range then head over to their website for details about the whole range, plus lots of recipe inspiration!

If you are following Slimming World, 120g of Primula Original (4/5 of the tube) counts as 2 healthy extra A portions, so each portion of this meal (serves 4) is 1/2 a healthy extra A allowance.

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My Recipe

Serves: 4
Syns: 2 syns per portion (approx-depends on which chorizo you use)
Healthy Extra: 1/2 healthy extra A per portion- 30g Primula per person

Ingredients

  • 50g chorizo, finely diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 200g baby tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp each of freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 200g orzo
  • 750ml hot chicken stock
  • 120g Primula Original cheese
  • Low calorie cooking spray or spray oil
  • a large handful of chopped fresh parsley & a few halved baby tomatoes to garnish

Method

  1. In a large,deep frying pan, fry the chorizo in low calorie cooking spray (or spray oil) for about 3 minutes until starting to crisp up and colour slightly
  2. Add the onion, and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until softened
  3. Add the tomatoes, crushed garlic , mixed herbs and salt and pepper, and stir fry for another 2 minutes
  4. Stir the orzo through, and then pour in the stock. Mix everything together thoroughly
  5. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the pasta is cooked through (try a bit to check!)
  6. Squeeze the Primula into the pan and stir until combined.
  7. Serve topped with some chopped fresh tomatoes and parsley. you could even add a little extra crispy chorizo to top it off!

Additional Info

Delicious served with salad!

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