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Single-Serve Pesto Orzo Bake

Single-Serve Pesto Orzo Bake

This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner for one. It combines the delicious flavors of pesto, cherry tomatoes, and banana peppers with the fun and unique texture of orzo pasta. The dish is baked in the oven to create a warm and comforting meal that is perfect for cozy nights in.

It's easy to customize to your liking by switching out the vegetables, or adding protein like chicken or shrimp. The dish is also a great make-ahead meal, simply prepare it ahead of time and reheat in the oven when ready to eat.


  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers slices
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste
  • Optional: additional vegetables, Italian cheese, or protein of your choice.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Cook the orzo according to package instructions until al dente.
  3. Drain the orzo and return it to the pot.
  4. Stir in cherry tomatoes, banana peppers, pesto, salt and pepper.
  5. Optional: Stir in additional vegetables or protein of your choice. Top with Italian cheese.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, and bake for 15 minutes.

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