Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Garlic Shrimp with Orzo and Feta Cheese

This recipe is a keeper. It came from my Aunt's friend's cookbook, "Cooking with Class." I have never bought nor cooked orzo before so this was a first for me. For those of you who are not familiar with orzo, it is a type of pasta. This recipe serves 4 so cut the recipe in half if you want to make it for two otherwise you will have tons of leftover!

1 lb of FRESH shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbsp of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 lb orzo (cooked according to package directions)
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
3-4 oz of light feta cheese or goat cheese
I used half of this package of orzo.
Peel and devein your shrimp unless you can find a supermarket that sells fresh shrimp already peeled and deveined.
Boil water for orzo.
After you bring the water to a boil, add the orzo and a large clove of garlic cut in half. Cook according to the package directions. My orzo cooked for 8 minutes on medium-high heat.
While you are cooking the orzo, pour olive oil into a large skillet on medium-high heat and add the shrimp.
Cook the shrimp for 1 minute on each side or until the shrimp turns pink.
Add the garlic and drained tomatoes.
By this time your orzo should be done cooking. Drain the orzo, removing the garlic cloves, and add to the skillet with shrimp and tomatoes.
Just before serving, add the feta cheese (or goat cheese), basil and pepper. You want to add the cheese right before serving otherwise it will melt. Also make sure to taste the pasta before serving because you may need to add more salt.

***An important tip to remember is feta cheese is salty so do not add salt until after you add the feta. Also if you choose to use goat cheese, it will make this recipe creamier rather than saltier. I used feta because my husband does not like goat cheese but I bet goat cheese would be delish!!! Pin It


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