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One Pot Orzo Bolognese

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The tastiest one pot pasta bolognese recipe, made with orzo. Think bolognese risotto – easy, tasty and perfect for family dinner.

There’s nothing better than a one pot meal when you’re cooking for a family.

This one pot orzo bolognese is just delicious. The best pasta bolognese recipe ever!

Think bolognese risotto and pile on the parmesan!

A rich and tasty bolognese sauce packed with vegetables and herbs, the orzo pasta thrown in for the last ten minutes of cooking.

A great weeknight meal, low on fuss and big on flavour and when cooking for a family that’s what counts.

Serve the orzo bolognese with a scattering of parmesan and some green beans. I keep a pack of these in the freezer, they go really well with pasta dishes and count towards your five-a-day.

Our one pot pasta bolognese recipe just couldn’t be easier! One of the best parts of this meal is that anything leftover tastes amazing warmed up the next day.

This is really easy family food that tastes amazing.

You could always double this recipe up and before adding the orzo – freeze to use another day.

one pot orzo beef bolognese served with green beans

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Large saucepan with a lid
  • Teaspoon
  • Weighting scales – to weight orzo, or just estimate
  • Measuring jug
  • Cooking spoon or spatula

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One Pot Orzo Bolognese Ingredients

You’ll just need some simple, tasty, wholesome ingredients to make this easy one pot pasta recipe.

  • 1 tbs olive oil – you could switch this for rapeseed oil if you prefer.
  • 2 carrots – finely diced, so they’ll cook quickly
  • 2 celery sticks – finely sliced
  • 1 onion – finely diced
  • 1 red pepper – finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – finely diced, feel free to use dried garlic powder or chopped garlic from a jar.
  • 500g minced beef – choose lean ground beef for this recipe
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano – you can use Italian seasoning if you prefer
  • salt and pepper
  • 250ml beef stock

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How To Make Orzo Bolognese – One Pot Pasta Recipe

You’re going to just love how simple this pasta bolognese recipe is to prepare and cook. Super easy!

Step One – sauté the onions, carrots, celery, pepper and garlic

  • Add the olive oil to a large saucepan and sauté the carrots, celery, onion, pepper and garlic for around 10 minutes, until they’re softened.

Step Two – brown the minced beef

  • Add the minced beef and briskly stir to brown.

Step Three – add the tomatoes and seasoning

  • Add the tins of chopped tomatoes and 2 tins of water.
  • Season with salt, pepper and add the oregano.

Step Four – cook the orzo bolognese

  • Bring the pan to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes of cooking time, tip in the orzo pasta and add the beef stock. Cook with the lid off for the remaining 10 minutes.

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What Side Dishes Go With Orzo Bolognese

Pasta bolognese is really versatile and lots of vegetable side dishes like simple steamed green beans or broccoli. Or delicious garlic breads or herby ciabatta breads go with a dish of pasta. Try…

  • Easy bean salad – a quick and easy bean salad, bursting with flavoured super simple to make.

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  • BLT pasta salad – the tastiest pasta salad, loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes in a creamy, cheesy dressing. Fab as a quick side dish to roast chicken or as a lunchbox pasta dish.

How To Use Up Leftover Orzo Bolognese

You could use up your leftover bolognese sauce in our delicious Bolognese Sloppy Joes recipe.

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Yield: Serves 4

One Pot Orzo Bolognese Recipe

one pot orzo beef bolognese served with green beans

Delicious one pan Italian family meal all the family will love.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 2 carrots - finely diced 
  • 2 celery sticks - finely sliced 
  • 1 onion - finely diced 
  • 1 red pepper - finely diced 
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped 
  • 500g minced beef
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes 
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 300g orzo pasta 
  • 250ml beef stock 

Instructions

  1. Add a splash of olive oil to a large pan - sauté the carrots, celery, onion, pepper and garlic for around 10 minutes.
  2. Add the minced beef and briskly stir to brown.
  3. Add the tins of chopped tomatoes and 2 tins of water.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and add the oregano.
  5. Bring the pan to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes tip in the orzo pasta and add the beef stock. Cook with the lid off for the remaining 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 43g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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