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Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp Recipe for Two

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp in a bowl

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp is coated in a light and creamy Parmesan cheese sauce filled with garlic, sun dried tomatoes, Baby Bella mushrooms, onion and spinach.

This has really great flavor and the majority of it (other than cooking the orzo) is done in one pan. It is easy and quick, ready in just 20 minutes yet it’s beautiful enough impress a discerning eye.

I buy shrimp that is packaged and is already peeled, deveined, and has tails removed. If you have to do these things yourself the prep time will take longer than listed.

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Orzo is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. Orzo can be served alone, as a soup accompaniment, as part of a salad, pilaf, or baked in a casserole.

How to make Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp:

Start by bringing a medium pot of water to a boil and cook the orzo according to the package instructions, about 8 or 9 minutes. Drain the orzo and set aside.

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shrimp and garlic frying in a pan

While the orzo is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter and add in the garlic and shrimp and fry two minutes on each side, until cooked through and pink. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and set aside.

Add the onion and mushrooms to the butter remaining in the skillet. Allow them to cook for a couple of minutes.

onions and mushrooms frying in a pan

Next add in the sun dried tomatoes and fry for another 1-2 minutes.

adding the tomatoes to the onions and mushrooms

Reduce the heat to medium low and add the heavy cream bringing it to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your taste.

adding milk to the frying pan

Stir in the spinach leaves and the Parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer for about a minute until cheese melts.

adding spinach and parmesan cheese to the pan

Sprinkle the herbs and parsley over the mix and stir through until combined.

adding herbs to the pan

Return the shrimp to the pan and add the cooked orzo into the mixture. Cook for a couple of minutes to heat through. Serve and enjoy!

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp for Two

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Yield: 2 servings

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp in a bowl

Garlic Orzo Tuscan Shrimp is coated in a light and creamy Parmesan cheese sauce filled with garlic, sun dried tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, onion and spinach! This has really great flavor and the majority of it (other than cooking the orzo) is done in one pan.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (peeled, deveined, tails removed)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 3 baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 1/2 ounce jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil (drained)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion and slice the mushrooms.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the orzo per package instructions, about 8 or 9 minutes. Drain the orzo and set aside.
  3. While the orzo is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter and add in the garlic and shrimp and fry two minutes on each side, until cooked through and pink. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the onion and mushrooms to the butter remaining in the skillet. Allow them to cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the sun dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low heat and add the heavy cream bringing it to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  7. Add in the spinach leaves and the Parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer for about a minute until cheese melts.
  8. Sprinkle the herbs and parsley over the mix and stir through.
  9. Add the shrimp and cooked orzo into the pan. Serve and Enjoy.

Notes

  • I buy shrimp that is packaged and is already peeled, deveined, and has tails removed. If you have to do these things yourself the prep time will take longer than listed.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 909Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 347mgSodium: 1693mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 10gSugar: 18gProtein: 50g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Jeff Chiszar

Monday 13th of July 2020

Making this tonight for us. I'm in the doghouse so I hope it's good!

Zona

Monday 13th of July 2020

This should do the trick! Let me know how it works out for you :)

Deb

Friday 10th of July 2020

Dinner tonight for us. I increased the orzo to 2/3 cup just to increase the volume of food, but it really isn’t necessary. Definitely produces two good-sized servings. I switched from heavy cream to half and half. Excellent!

C.J.

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

I'm allergic to mushrooms what could I substitute?

Zona

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Hi C.J., it's very hard to substitute mushroom with other things. You could use something kind of "meaty" like eggplant or maybe even squash like zucchini. I know they're not going to get exactly the same result, but it might add a similar bulk to the dish. The other option is you can just leave them out completely. I hope that helps, happy cooking.

Jennifer

Friday 3rd of July 2020

I made this last night and it's a winner. Like someone else said he was going to try it with chicken. I might try version as well!

Zona

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Hi Jennifer, awesome I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

Mark

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I made this for the first time tonight and it's a winner. I have a recipe book to which I add the dishes my teenager will love. Needless to say, I had to get out the hole punch! This one goes into rotation. My wife doesn't like shrimp so I might try BS chicken breast instead once to see how it goes. Thanks!

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