Orzo with salami and semi-dried tomatoes

Orzo with salami and semi-dried tomatoes

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Pasta dishes are wonderful for their simplicity. This recipe may sound gourmet but it's quick and easy enough for a mid-week meal.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 400 g orzo, or risoni, pasta
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 8 slices salami, cut into strips
  • 1 red chilli
  • 100 g semi-dried tomato
  • Handful fresh rocket leaves
  • Sea salt and fresh-cracked black pepper
  • Shaved parmesan, to serve
  • Squeeze lemon juice


Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add pasta, a pinch of salt, and cook as per instructions on the packet. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add salami and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until starting to crisp.

Add chilli and fry, stirring continuously, until fragrant – about one minute more. By now the pasta should be almost ready.

Drain and add to the frying pan. Reduce heat to low and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Stir through the semi-dried tomatoes and rocket, and season with salt and pepper.

Remove from heat and serve with shaved parmesan and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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