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Shrimp and Orzo

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This super easy Shrimp and Orzo dish is savory and full of great flavor. Plenty of fresh herbs, tomatoes and red pepper for a fantastic flavor explosion! 

Shrimp and Orzo
I think shrimp is up there in my five most favorite ingredients.

That’s why, when I received this month’s Secret Recipe Club blog assignment, I was thrilled to see this Shrimp and Orzo recipe.

But I’m getting head of myself.

It’s time once again for Secret Recipe Club and that means that today I will reveal what blog I was assigned and what I decided to make.

The blog I was assigned this month was Biting Life written by Miranda.

She has all kinds of wonderful, budget friendly recipes and we found several we’d like to try.

Shrimp and Orzo

Her French Toast MuffinsChicken Sausage and Cheese Casserole and Strawberry Blueberry Breakfast Cake were among our top picks, but we settled on the Shrimp and Orzo as soon as we saw it.

It has everything we love!

With a cup and a half of cherry tomatoes we brought in from the garden yesterday (a little short for the recipe but still…), and the fresh basil we’ve been collecting like mad and freezing in ice cube trays, I knew I was making this!

It needed both and we were up for it.

We loved how simple this recipe is. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal which we love because we are always busy.

I also love that you could completely switch up the meat to chicken or pork without losing any of the flavor which comes mostly from the herbs and veggies. It was delicious!

Shrimp and Orzo

Miranda, we loved having your blog this month.

You have so many wonderful recipes that are simple and healthy and fun.

Perfect for my picky eaters, and great for me because they are not time consuming.

Thank you for such a fantastic recipe this month. I know we will be making this one again and again!

Ready to make some Shrimp and Orzo?

Shrimp and Orzo

Shrimp and Orzo

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Perfect for a busy, summer weeknight, but pretty and flavorful enough to serve at a grand event.


  • 1 cup of uncooked orzo, in your pasta aisle - looks like rice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, divided
  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup of onion, we used white but any will do
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ cups of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ⅓ cup of grated fresh Asiago Romano cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Mine was 9 minutes. Don't add anything to it. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet.
  3. In a small bowl, toss the shrimp with ½ teaspoon of salt and ⅛ teaspoon of pepper.
  4. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add your chopped onion, garlic and red pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the onions begin to look just a bit translucent. Stir frequently.
  6. Add the sliced tomatoes and cook for an additional 3 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the orzo and shrimp to the skillet. Add the other ¼ teaspoon of salt, ⅛ teaspoon of pepper, the Romano cheese and the chopped basil.
  8. Cook everything together for another minute or so to heat through.
  9. Remove from heat and serve!

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Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 26th of July 2013

Visiting from Group C, I saw this on SRC site and since shrimp is one of my top 5 ingredients too, I had to check it out and I'm sure glad I did! So yummy looking :)

Johnny Edwards

Tuesday 16th of July 2013

You could post a shrimp recipe every week, I wouldn't mind. I only have access to frozen or previously frozen shrimp here. You do what you gotta do.


Wednesday 10th of July 2013

This looks like a fantastic menu. The pictures are awesome. will have to try this recipe.


Wednesday 10th of July 2013

WOW! Yum! I love shrimp and orzo.


Wednesday 10th of July 2013

Thank you Nicole. Looks and sounds wonderful. Have a great day!

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