by The Culinistas

Father’s Day is coming up and we’re prepping with a big ol’ bowl of our Little Tomatoes & Orzo. It’s the perfect dish if you’re planning a family picnic in the park or on the beach, to have in the fridge after a match of doubles with dad, or to fuel a Scrabble marathon. Pro tip: let Pops win.

Tomatoes get slow roasted with sumac until they’re bursting with flavor. Add in the orzo, walnuts, fresh herbs, parm and an umami-packed tomato-anchovy dressing and you’ve got the Father’s Day dish of the year. 

And if you don’t feel like cooking? Hire a Culinista to handle your Father’s Day fare.

Little Tomatoes & Orzo

Chef Tips:

Slicing trick: Place the tomatoes between two deli lids, press down, and slice the knife between the lids, horizontally, through the center of the tomatoes. Dad hack approved!

– Add enough dressing so that the pasta does not dry out.

Prep Time 20 mins 

Cook Time 30 mins 

Serves 4 to 6

1½ lb cherry tomatoes, sliced in half crosswise

¼ cup + 3 TB olive oil, divided

1 TB sumac, plus more for garnish

6 oz orzo

6 anchovy fillets, minced

½ cup walnuts, roasted, chopped

¾ cup parsley leaves & stems, roughly chopped

½ cup parmesan, shaved, plus more for garnish

Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with 3 TB oil, sumac, salt & pepper. Roast until the tomatoes are cooked down (but not hard like sun-dried tomatoes), 20-25 mins. Set aside to cool. Reserve the leftover juices at the bottom of the baking sheet for the vinaigrette.

3. In a pot of salted, boiling water, cook the orzo, 6-8 mins. Drain, shock with cold water & transfer to a large bowl.

4. Make the vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk reserved tomato juices & anchovies. While whisking, stream in remaining ¼ cup oil. Season with salt & pepper.

5. In the pasta bowl, mix in roasted tomatoes, walnuts, parsley & parmesan. Dress to taste.

6. Transfer to a shallow bowl; garnish with sumac, parsley & parmesan.

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