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All Recipes, Main Dishes / September 2, 2022

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes | Budget-Friendly 20 Minute Recipe

This One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes is what simple and delicious food is all about. Made with the most basic pantry staples, easy to make and all done in just 20 minutes. Serve it next to a garden salad and a crunchy baguette for the ultimate experience.

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes
To make this recipe I used orzo. Truly one of the most under-rated pastas ever. If you have never had orzo before, it looks like a grain of rice, but indeed it is pasta, made from durum wheat. It´s easy to cook and absorbs all the flavors in the pan.

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes
I used homemade vegetable broth to cook this dish, as it adds a bigger depth of flavors. But if you prefer, you can use water. Though I do recommend that you season the water with salt to get most flavor out of this dish.

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You want to saute the orzo for 2 to 3 minutes with the onion and garlic. This gives the orzo and incredible texture and an even better flavor. I used the olive oil from the canned tuna to sautee the vegetables and orzo. But you can also use EVOO if you like.

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes
5 from 2 votes

One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 571 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 12 black pitted olives
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 440 grams
  • 1 cup orzo 165 grams
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 475 ml
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 5 oz / 142 grams each
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add the vegetable broth into a sauce pan and heat with a high heat

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat

  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, cut the olives in half, finely chop the parsley and drain the cans of tuna into a sieve with a bowl underneath

  4. Add the olive oil from the canned tuna into the hot fry pan, immediately add in the onion and garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the orzo, continue to mix, after 3 minutes and the orzo is lightly browned, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the canned diced tomatoes, season with sea salt & black pepper and add the black olives, mix together, then add in the hot broth, mix together, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, cook until the orzo is al dente (check package instructions)

  5. Once the orzo is cooked, remove the pan from the heat, add in the drained tuna and 2 tbsp (8 grams) of the finely chopped parsley, mix together until well mixed, sprinkle with more parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used in this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
One-Pan Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 2151mg94%
Potassium 1010mg29%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 1358IU27%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Frank | Memorie di Angelina

    I could definitely see myself getting hooked on this! Need to try this soon.

    13 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes! It´s a great dish 🙂 Much love

      15 . Sep . 2022
  2. Michele H.

    5 stars
    Hello Albert! We have tried multiple recipes from your site/YouTube channel, and they are all easy and wonderful. Yesterday I made this recipe (actually doubled it) so we could have dinner and lunches for the week using ingredients I already had in the pantry or fridge. Just ate it for dinner and it is delicious – very tasty! Thank you so much for sharing such simple and delicious (and economical) recipes. 😋

    12 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      13 . Sep . 2022
  3. Laura

    I grabbed the wrong can of tomatoes and forgot the paprika and it was still amazing! Definitely will become a go-to recipe.

    11 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      11 . Sep . 2022
  4. Randy Murphy

    Albert, I made the One-Pam Orzo with Tuna & Tomatoes this evening for my wife and I…I have to tell you that we now have ANOTHER favourite meal from Spain on a fork! Your description of ‘delicious’ in the video hardly describes just how good and flavourful this dish truly is! It’s a big hit here in Newfoundland, Canada. Keep up the good work…thanks so much.

    03 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      04 . Sep . 2022
  5. Amber

    5 stars
    Lovely dish, delicious as all the recipes are.

    02 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      04 . Sep . 2022
  6. gws

    I cannot find orzo in my part of Spain; where do you get yours? I know it is also called risoni.

    02 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I got it at Aldi, but you can also order it from amazon España 🙂 much love

      04 . Sep . 2022

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