Who else agrees that one pot dishes are the best? The less dishes the better, which is why one pot meals are my favorite!
And I mean true one pot recipes – not recipes that call for “cooked” rice or “cooked” chicken. I’ve never understood why those are called one pot recipes when it took other dishes to make the cooked ingredients. I still love those recipes! Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, though, you really only want to use one dish. Sorry for the rant, I digress… I promise you though, this recipe only uses one pot for everything! 😉
I’ve also been a huge fan of orzo pasta lately. It’s so versatile! I enjoy it in both hot dishes, like this one, or cold pasta salads as well.
If I come across whole wheat orzo, I prefer to use that. It’s a little better for you and you can’t tell the difference. I have a tough time finding it though, so I typically use regular orzo pasta. (It’s found next to all the other pasta but it’s usually in a smaller box and it looks a lot like rice.)
This recipe works great with just about any vegetable added in! Zucchini, corn, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, etc. However, if you have some extremely picky eaters in your house (like we do), then you can keep it super simple, like I do below.
The biggest tip I have for you on this one is remember to stir the orzo often, as it cooks. It has a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan once the liquid starts to absorb, but if you remember to stir it a few times while it cooks, then you’ll be good to go.
The rest couldn’t get more simple. All you need is a large pan or skillet and you’re ready to start!
One Pot Cheeseburger Orzo Skillet
This delicious, easy meal is one your whole family will love. It's perfect for a busy weeknight because it's fast, easy and there's only one pan to clean!
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups uncooked orzo
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- sour cream for topping if you want
Cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink and drain fat, if any. (I prefer to use extra lean meat so there’s usually not much to drain. Ground turkey works just as well in this.) Next, add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, taco seasoning and mix well. Cook for just a minute or so.
Then, add the can of diced tomatoes, chicken broth and orzo. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low, mix ingredients well and cover. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally throughout, so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Once the orzo is fully cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed, add in the cheese and stir. Top it off with some green onion, sour cream or whatever else you please. Enjoy!
This recipe does well with just about any of your favorite veggies thrown in! I love to add some zucchini, fresh corn off the cob and bell peppers. However, my two little ones are not big on eating vegetables these days so I kept it super simple in the recipe.
Here’s one of my favorite one pot recipes from Coco & Ash, that also only uses one pot! Check it out here.