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Bowl of Vegan Creamy Tomato Orzo

Vegan Creamy Tomato Orzo

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes (+Rest Time)
  • Yield: 4-5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


Incredibly comforting and flavorful, this oil free Vegan Creamy Tomato Orzo is pure wholesome comfort food.



Skillet Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 – [ 14 oz. can ] petite diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup [raw] cashews
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup unsweetened plain plant milk 

Skillet Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ to 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt (+/-) * 

Stir-In Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian Seasonings
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (+/-) 

Other Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. orzo *
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup frozen peas (thawed) 

Optional Toppings:


  1. Cook the orzo according to package directions (al dente stage *), drain, rinse with cold water, set aside.
  2. In the meantime, place the Skillet Spice/Herb Ingredients into a small bowl, whisk to combine, set aside.
  3. Place the Stir-In Spice/Herb Ingredients into a separate small bowl, whisk to combine, set aside.
  4. Add the diced onions to a large skillet, sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 9 minutes. Add a tablespoon or so of water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  5. Next add the minced garlic, sauté, stirring constantly for one minute, then add all the remaining Base Ingredients(including the cashews) and the Skillet Spice/Herb Mix. Stir well to mix, bring to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer. Simmer for 8 minutes.
  6. After 8 minutes, remove the skillet from the stove and allow to slightly cool off, approximately 2 to 4 minutes, then place the skillet mixture into a high-speed blender and blend on high for several minutes. Then pour the blended skillet mixture back into the large skillet and place on the stove.
  7. Add the Stir-In Spice/Herb Mix and red wine vinegar to the skillet, stir well to combine. Increase the heat to boil, then immediately lower to a simmer.
  8. Add the peas and cooked orzo *, simmer for 4 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove from the stove and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve topped with Vegan Parmesan Cheese and freshly chopped basil.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings:  4 to 5