This is one of those recipes that I make every so often when I need some speedy and wholesome comfort food in my life. But the original idea is adapted from a recipe in Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen. This recipe serves two.
- 1/2 a red onion
- 2 medium cloves of garlic
- 1 390g pack of passata
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 handful of parsley (plus more to decorate)
- 180g orzo
- 1/2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 150ml water
- salt and pepper (I am using a rosemary sea salt here)
Cube your onion, crush the garlic and shred your parsley. Put your oil in a pan on a medium heat and once it’s really hot, add in the onions. Stir to coat with the oil and then leave to sizzle for a couple of minutes before adding in the garlic. Mix and sauté for about 4 minutes until then start to really soften (if they look like they are colouring turn down the heat and add a little more oil).
Once the onions are soft, pour in your passata and the water. Turn up the heat and bring back to just below the boil and add in your seasonings, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, thyme, parsley and honey. Mix together, put a lid on it and simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
Add in the orzo and cook according to the pack instructions (mine was about 10 minutes). Whilst it is cooking, slice your yellow pepper. Add it into the pot about five minutes before the end of the cooking process (you want it still firm).
When it’s ready, check the seasoning again and serve with a little more chopped parsley on top. If you want to make it extra healthy, stir through a couple of large handfuls of spinach just before taking it off the heat.