Shrimp + orzo


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shrimp and orzo

Happy New Year!

Orzo has become a favorite pasta of mine lately. This recipe is quick to put together and is perfect for 2-3 people. I had plenty leftover for a couple of lunches.

If you’re using frozen shrimp like I do, make sure and thaw out ahead of time. Here’s what I do: Put the dozen frozen shrimps into a bowl with cold water, grab a beer out of the fridge and relax while those little guys thaw out.

Cooking the orzo in something other than water does amazing things to do this dish. I used vegetarian broth but you can use whatever you have on hand.

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 dozen raw shrimp (I buy frozen, shelled and deveined shrimp – I don’t have time to peel and clean shrimp people!) thawed and drained well.
  • Olive oil
  • Orzo
  • Frozen broccoli
  • 2.5 cups of broth (I use my Knorr’s Vegetarian broth)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Sea salt

Thaw out your shrimp before you do anything else. After you drain it well, in the same bowl, season the shrimp with whatever you like. I used sea salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, oregano, a little dill and some grated parmesan cheese. Mix well and let sit until it’s time to cook.

Cook your orzo. To give orzo flavor, I prepped 1 vegetable bouillon cube with 2.5 cups water in the microwave using my pasta cooker. Once the bouillon cube has dissolved and the water is boiling (anywhere from 4-6 minutes depending on your microwave), pour in your orzo (I used half of a box leftover from my orzo and veggie dish I did a couple weeks back). Cook as instructed on the box, another 6-8 minutes until the orzo is soft. Not all of the liquid will be absorbed, and that’s totally fine. Put the lid on it for a few minutes while you start your shrimp. You can drain the orzo when you’re ready for it in a few minutes.

Heat up about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over low-medium heat in your pan, if you don’t have a non-stick you may need more (another reason to love my green pan!).

Once the oil is heated, add your shrimp making sure they all have room to be flipped over in a couple of minutes. You don’t want your shrimp to over cook so just keep an eye on it and after about 2-3 minutes (I had large shrimp), flip them over and cook the other side.

Once the shrimp is cooked, drain your orzo and serve on a plate with some steamed broccoli – that steamer comes in handy, doesn’t it?

Store leftovers in a container with a lid in the fridge. Reheats well in the microwave, 2-3 minutes max. Cheers!

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