Whenever I’m in the kitchen, I love starting out any meal with a little olive oil and minced garlic. From a young age I loved garlic, I think it may be because my dad puts it in quite a bit of his cooking. I love any kind of garlicky pasta, bread, hummus, rice, chicken, really just about anything. I understand that some people aren’t as wild about garlic as I am [all hail the garlic lovers], so I tend to only use a reasonable amount in the recipes I share and make for others. But, if you enjoy a hint of garlic, or love mediterranean style dishes, I know that you, and your guests and family, will love this Garlic Shrimp with Orzo recipe!
My favorite dishes, and those that I find easy to cook, go a little something like this. Sauté a few tablespoons of garlic and onion in olive olive[because this is a solid foundation for a wonderful meal], add a protein [meat, fish] to the pan, load up of veggies [broccoli, peas, peppers, tomatoes-some of my faves] and lastly add in some for of noodle and that’s its! A little parmesan cheese, or lemon if suitable, and you have your self an easy and semi-light meal that is sure to please and looks like your spend hours slaving over it, when in reality it took about the same time as a frozen pizza!
Although these long introductions really aren’t necessary, one, we all know that I’m a talker [I mean, how could I write a blog if I wasn’t?] And two, for future recipes, similar to this, I will have this landing page to refer you to, for my olive oil and garlic spiel.
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- 1 cup orzo
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup minced garlic
- 1 heaping table spoon chopped onion
- 1 5 ounce bag baby spinach
- 1/2 quart grape tomatoes, halved
- 20 large sized shrimp, easy peel
- salt and pepper to taste
- Freshly Grated Parmesan
- Cook orzo according to package instructions.
- Sauté minced garlic in 1/4 cup of olive oil over low heat, until golden brown. Be care not to burn the garlic, as garlic burns very easily! Add chopped onion and cook until translucent. Combine spinach with garlic and onion mixture, cover, and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until spinach has softened. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper as desired, and cook until tomatoes become soft. Remove spinach mixture from pan and set aside.
- Using the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil, cook the shrimp until light pink throughout. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Add in spinach mixture and cooked orzo. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, on low heat, to allow for flavors to seep in!
- Top with freshly grate parmesan cheese and serve!
- This recipe works great with a number of vegetables. Broccoli is one of my favorites. (optional)
- You may omit meat to create a vegetarian meal or an savory side dish. (optional)
- Using other meats or pasta noodles is a great way to add variation to this classic dish! Try using chicken, or angel hair pasta!