One-Pot Creamy Garlic Orzo


We love one-pot dishes because not only are they super convenient, they require minimal dishes which makes clean-up extra easy!

This creamy garlic orzo dish is quick and easy to whip up! Plus, it requires a few simple pantry staples that can be paired with any roasted veggies or tofu/vegan chick’n/protein that you have in your kitchen. We recommend topping it with the crispy tofu in this recipe — it’s so good and one of our favorite ways to cook tofu!

For this dish, all you need is:


Veggie Stock (we like to use this combined with water for the best flavor)

Vegan butter

Onions & garlic

Nutritional yeast

Rice milk (plain & unsweetened, we recommend this brand)

Lime juice

Parsley, salt & pepper

We love this dish as a side for summer meals, especially BBQ’s! It is so delicious and the perfect pair to literally everything.

Love this recipe? Try out some of our other creamy pasta recipes (which are awesome sides as well and perfect for your next BBQ):

Creamy Cajun Pasta

Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Mac ‘n Cashew Cheese

Creamy Garlic Orzo

Super simple and delicious recipe. This creamy garlic orzo is the perfect addition to summer BBQ's and only requires one pot!
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 4 tbsp vegan butter separated
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 3 cups vegetable stock or bouillon & water
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup rice milk plain, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp lime juice


  • Melt 2 tbsp vegan butter in a large skillet over low-medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic & orzo and sauté until orzo is lightly browned, about 5 minutes (stirring continuously & be careful not to burn the orzo).
  • Slowly add the vegetable stock (or bouillon & water) and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for about 13 minutes, stirring occasionally (until the orzo is fully cooked).
  • Once cooked, stir in the last 2 tbsp butter, rice milk and nutritional yeast. While continuing to stir, bring back to a boil.
  • Lower to a simmer and stir in salt, pepper, parsley & lime juice. Cook on low for another minute or so.
  • Serve warm. Enjoy!
Keyword creamy, easy, garlic, orzo, side, summer
    • nina from socal
    • May 24, 2020

    Can you use soy or almond milk instead of rice milk ? Or would coconut milk-lite work ?

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • May 24, 2020

      We prefer rice milk in most of our savory dishes because of its neutral flavor, so we highly recommend sticking to it if possible. If you do need to use an alternate milk for any reason, we would recommend an unsweetened, unflavored nondairy milk.

    • Jessica Neely
    • June 3, 2020

    5 stars
    I used unsweetened almond milk since that’s what I had on hand and this recipe was great! I even had leftovers for lunch the next day.

      • Jenn
      • October 18, 2022

      5 stars
      So delicious. My boyfriend loved it. I added some air fryer tofu to serve as our protein and it was amazing!!

    • Lori
    • June 10, 2020

    I would like to make this gluten free….is there another type of pasta that would work in this dish?

      • Carolina
      • June 19, 2020

      I found gluten free orzo on amazon.

        • Barb
        • October 2, 2022

        4 stars
        Gluten free orzo is also in your grocery store. A little pricey but quite good.

    • Kim Doucette
    • June 23, 2020

    5 stars
    You have introduced me to Orzo! This is so delicious. Had it along side a plant based italian sausage and fried cherry tomatoes! I am now searching other ways to use Orzo!
    Thank you!

      • Jordan
      • July 13, 2020

      5 stars
      Very simple and delicious. This was my first time preparing orzo, and it came out amazing! I will certainly make this recipe again. I subbed the rice milk for unsweetened almond milk.

      • Melanie
      • March 24, 2024

      This was delish! Keeping this in our rotation. Thanks for a great vegan recipe

    • PK
    • October 25, 2020

    5 stars
    This recipe turned out fantastic. It was delicious and I’ll definitely be making it again

    • Ambur
    • November 19, 2020

    5 stars
    Easy, fast, delicious… toddler approved! Thank you!

    • David Coleman
    • March 16, 2021

    5 stars
    I’d add roasted pine nuts!

    • cm
    • June 21, 2021

    This is incredibly tasty. I think next time I might add sauteed mushrooms but honestly… everyone should try it exactly how it is written, it’s perfect.

    • Catherine Wisner
    • January 10, 2022

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this is SO GOOD! I added peas and mushrooms to it. Delicious!

    • Chrissy
    • March 27, 2023

    5 stars
    This is now added to the rotation as a side dish or as a full meal if I add a protein. Solid 10! So flavourful and rich and SIMPLE 🌱

    • Alisa
    • May 2, 2023

    5 stars
    Came out delish! roasted asparagus and threw it in at the end. Thanks for the great, easy healthy yummy recipe!

    • Trish
    • September 11, 2023

    Would this turn out well without butter?

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