Orzotto with Tenderstem® Purple

Orzotto with Tenderstem® Purple

In this dish, the creamy texture of the orzo with blue cheese perfectly complements the buttery Tenderstem® Purple. With crunch from the pine nuts and a citrus kick from lemon juice, this is a firm favourite for weeknight dinners but smart enough to serve for guests too.

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes



Dietary requirements

  • Vegetarian

Nutritional information per serving

  • kcal 469
  • Fat 20.3g Medium
  • Saturates 5.5g Medium
  • Carbs 50.9g
  • Sugars 3.8g Low
  • Fibre 6.1g
  • Protein 17.6g
  • Salt 1.38g Medium


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.

  2. Mix the garlic, shallots, orzo and vegetable stock in a roasting tin.

  3. Rub the Tenderstem® Purple with a little of the olive oil, then arrange in a single layer over the orzo. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

  4. Once the orzo is cooked, remove the Tenderstem® Purple from the roasting tin and set aside. Gently mix in the blue cheese, lemon zest and juice, the chopped rocket and the remaining olive oil to the orzo mixture.

  5. Taste and adjust the lemon juice and season as needed. Transfer to serving plates and scatter over the roasted Tenderstem® Purple and pine nuts to serve.


    As with all dishes, do taste and adjust the texture and seasoning on the orzo before serving – if it looks a bit dry, add a little more vegetable stock, if the flavour needs pepping up, add more lemon juice – it’s all down to individual taste. This is excellent served cold – save leftovers and have it the next day for lunch.

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