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Delicious and easy dinner recipe One Pan Shrimp and Basil Orzo/ Risoni Pasta, ready in just 30 minutes!
One Pan Shrimp and Basil Orzo/ Risoni Pasta Recipe
New favorite dinner recipe!
Orzo or Risoni is my new favorite pasta! I almost cannot believe I never cooked with it before. Even, my super picky husband loved it! And this is big! He barely touches any type of pasta.
What is Orzo?
Orzo, also known as Risoni in some countries is a type of pasta, shaped like a grain of rice that is absolutely perfect in soups (instead of noodles) or served just as pasta. It cooks much faster than rice and can be a substitute if really needed.
I love all these quick 30 minutes dinner recipes made with a couple of ingredients! I have been cooking them through the whole January month and I am pretty happy with our healthy start of this year. Told you, nothing fancy, no drastic changes…. just getting back to basics and cooking from scratch where is possible.
This One Pan Shrimp and Basil Orzo/ Risoni pasta dish is packed with all my favorite Mediterranean flavors: olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, zesty lemon and fresh seafood.
If you don’ have/ prefer shrimp (prawn) you can replace it with 3 medium sized skinless chicken breast fillets or some fish fillets.
This recipe makes a pretty big batch of Shrimp and Basil Orzo/ Risoni and if you are feeding just a couple of people you will definitely end up with leftovers, that will be much appreciated the next day!
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 lb/ 500g raw shrimp/ green prawns peeled and deveined
- 1 bunch asparagus trimmed and chopped
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1½ cup orzo/ risoni pasta
- 4 cups chicken broth/ stock
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- zest and juice from 1/2 lemon
- grape tomatoes halved to serve
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 garlic clove, minced and chopped asparagus to the pan. Cook for 1 minute and add shrimp too. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
Return pan to the heat, add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, chopped onion, remains 2 garlic cloves, minced and cook for a couple of minutes. Add some chopped fresh basil leaves in too and orzo/ risoni pasta. Cook, stirring frequently until the pasta is coated with the olive oil sauce. Add dry white wine, give it a good stir and then add chicken broth/ stock and lemon juice too. Cook, stirring regularly for almost 12 minutes until the pasta is al dente and the liquid is almost all absorbed.
Add shrimp/ prawn mixture to the pan and stir to incorporate them.
Turn off the heat and serve warm with fresh basil leaves and halved grape tomatoes.
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