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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

10 mins

25 mins

450 kcals

serves 4

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:


  • 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

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

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

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

tep 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

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

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.


Cheesy chorizo orzo

Servings: 4
Smoky chorizo, creamy Primula cheese, rich tomatoes and orzo make up this quick and easy pasta dish- perfect for feeding the whole family!
Syns: 2 per portion
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10 minutes
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  • 50 g chorizo finely diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 200 g baby tomatoes halved
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp each of freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 200 g orzo
  • 750 ml hot chicken stock
  • 120 g Primula Original cheese
  • Low calorie cooking spray or spray oil
  • a large handful of chopped fresh parsley & a few halved baby tomatoes to garnish


  • 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
  • Add the onion, and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until softened
  • Add the tomatoes, crushed garlic , mixed herbs and salt and pepper, and stir fry for another 2 minutes
  • Stir the orzo through, and then pour in the stock. Mix everything together thoroughly
  • Simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the pasta is cooked through (try a bit to check!)
  • Squeeze the Primula into the pan and stir until combined.
  • Serve topped with some chopped fresh tomatoes and parsley. you could even add a little extra crispy chorizo to top it off!


Delicious served with salad!
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The Slimming Foodie has no official affiliation with, or endorsement from Slimming World. Slimming World’s website can be found at The syn values shown on my recipes are my personal estimation and have not been verified by Slimming World.
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