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Monday, August 10, 2009

Shrimp, tomato & basil orzo

For as much as I love pasta, I've never made orzo before. I don't know what I was waiting for - it's a great type of pasta. I still have half a box left and multiple orzo recipes bookmarked so I'm excited to try the next one! I really don't have much more to say tonight. A storm is rolling in so I think I'll just leave you with the recipe in case I lose power. Enjoy!

Shrimp, Tomato & Basil Orzo
Source: Cooking This & That, who got it from Erica's Kitchen Adventures

8 ounces orzo pasta
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (Omitted)
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and basil (or garlic and onion), undrained
20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or 4 teaspoons dried
kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
Parmesan cheese, to taste

Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, saute for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the diced tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, red pepper, and tomato paste. Reduce heat to medium and cover skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes until mixture is hot.

Add orzo and Parmesan cheese to skillet, mix thoroughly to combine.

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  1. I've never made orzo either! I think you just inspired me to give it a whirl though :)

  2. Yum- I am happy you have discovered orzo! We love it here - glad you tried the recipe!