Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo

Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo - An Oregon Cottage

Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo is a 30 minute, simple, from scratch one-dish dinner that our family devours. I love shrimp in any form, and mixing it with feta, vegetables, and orzo – well, it’s just one of my favorite combinations! This is a versatile dish that’s equally good in summer with peppers and tomatoes as it is in the colder months with broccoli and peas. And I don’t know what it is about orzo, but for some reason I like orzo more than regular pasta – isn’t that weird? So even though we’re not eating as much pasta anymore, orzo still makes it on our menu regularly – and mostly in this dish, though sometimes I make it with chicken.

Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo

The basic ingredients are the orzo and shrimp of course, but what I like about this is all the vegetables you add that help make it a one-dish dinner. I always add onions and garlic, of course, carrots and some type of greens like spinach, chard, or kale. I like it with sweet red peppers, too, and adding chopped fresh tomatoes is a treat when we have them. The Greek flavors come from feta cheese, lemon and olives, though I often make it without the olives if we don’t have any or just use regular olives. See? I wasn’t kidding about the versatility.

Greek Style Orzo and Shrimp

Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo
 
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A versatile, one dish dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. orzo pasta
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half, then sliced thin
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Optional other vegetables like red bell pepper, broccoli, peas, etc.
  • 12 oz. large shrimp, pre-cooked or peeled and shelled (if raw)
  • 4 c. chopped greens like spinach, chard, or kale
  • Zest and juice of one small lemon
  • 1-2 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ⅓ cup Kalamata olives, sliced (optional)
  • ¾ cup feta cheese
  • Optional toppings: chopped parsley, chopped tomatoes
Directions
  1. Cook orzo to al dente according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the carrots and onions and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and and any other optional vegetables; cook for another couple of minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Add the shrimp along with the spinach, chard or kale and cook until done (you can use cooked shrimp - just add it after the spinach has wilted).
  4. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, and olives along with the drained orzo.
  5. Mix well and serve sprinkled with the feta and any other toppings.

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