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Recipe

Orzo with Shrimp, Tomato, and Marinated Feta

Servings: 4

The combination of shrimp, feta, tomatoes, and pasta is one that I love. I return to it time and again for easy one-pot suppers. Orzo is the little pasta that comes in the shape of rice. It’s easy to eat a lot of and is widely available. If you start with the shrimp in their shell, then keep a few heads on, just for the look. The marinated feta is lovely dotted over salads, so I tend to make a batch to keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. feta, broken into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp. fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
  • 5 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1-1/3 cups orzo
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 strips of finely shaved orange peel
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. water
  • 14 oz. raw peeled shrimp
  • 1-1/2 cups basil leaves, roughly shredded

Preparation

  • In a medium bowl, mix the feta with 1/4 tsp. of the chile flakes, 2 tsp. of the fennel seeds, and 1 Tbs. of the oil. Set aside while you cook the orzo.
  • Place a large sauté pan with a lid over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbs. of the oil, the orzo, 1/8 tsp. salt, and a good grind of pepper. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden-brown, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Return the pan to the same heat and add the remaining 2 Tbs. of oil, 1/4 tsp. of pepper flakes, 2 tsp. fennel seeds, the garlic, and the orange peel. Fry for 1 minute, until the garlic starts to lightly brown, then add the tomatoes and their juice, stock, water, 3/4 tsp. salt, and plenty of pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until boiling, then stir in the fried orzo. Cover, then decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout so the orzo cooks evenly. Remove the lid and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the consistency is like risotto. Stir in the shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are pink. Stir in the basil and serve at once, with the marinated feta sprinkled on top.

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    JamesMRobertson | 11/22/2018

    Ultimate

  • baileysmom | 11/17/2018

    Excellent dish! Very flavorful and easy to make. Takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. I think the feta really adds to the taste as does the orange peel and the basil. Will be making this many more times.

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