Shrimp and Orzo

July 7, 2009 | By andrea | Filed in: Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Seafood.


I found this quick meal yesterday when I did a search for recipes using orzo (a rice-shaped pasta) and shrimp. I really like the blend of flavors: tender shrimp, chunky tomatoes, salty feta, and a little heat from the red pepper flakes.

I substituted fresh basil for the parsley because that’s what I had on hand. I suggest cutting the tail shell off the shrimp (if it isn’t already) so it’s easier to eat. Have everything prepped and ready to go when you start cooking so that you can move on from one step to the next. The recipe doesn’t state it but you need to drain the cooked orzo before adding it to the skillet with the shrimp and tomato mixture. Stir everything together then serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

Jennifer Garner’s Shrimp and Orzo
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No time to make a healthy dinner? “I love to cook for myself,” says Jennifer Garner, the costar of Fox’s Time of Your Life television series. “It’s my stay-healthy secret. Making a simple dinner actually calms me down after a harried day. Often I’ll spend Sunday nights cooking and then use the leftovers for lunch that week. Right now, I’m really into cooking with orzo. It’s a light, rice-shaped pasta that fills me up. I especially love this recipe because the orzo goes well with the shrimp and veggies and it’s quick and easy to make.”

Makes 4 servings

1 cup dry orzo
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 can (28 oz) whole, peeled tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp capers
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 lb medium shelled and deveined shrimp
1/2 cup feta

Cook orzo in boiling water according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add wine and cook 1 minute. Toss in drained tomatoes (reserve 1/2 cup juice). Break tomatoes into chunks. Add reserved juice, parsley, capers, oregano, basil, black pepper, and red pepper. Simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook 2 minutes or until shrimp become opaque. Add cooked orzo to skillet. Mix well. When pasta is thoroughly heated, stir in feta. Serve immediately.

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