Delicious Shrimp Orzo Dish Flavored with Basil

Isn’t it great when you get introduced to a new food and you really like it? Here’s a great little recipe using basil.

Shrimp Orzo Basil Dish After Cooking
Shrimp Orzo Basil Dish After Cooking

The Shrimp-Orzo-Basil recipe highlighted here is something I never would have tried to make had it not been for a friend arriving on the doorstep with recipe in hand and ingredients in a huge coolie bag.

Shrimp is not a favorite in this house, sad to admit I know, and orzo is new to my kitchen so when she showed up ready to cook, I said, “Right this way!

Shrimp Orzo Basil Dish Before Cooking
Shrimp Orzo Basil Dish Before Cooking

(Recipe from Cooking Light 2000.)

We didn’t use the cooking bag that the recipe calls for and instead placed everything in a 13″ x 9″ baking pan.

Besides the shrimp, orzo and basil, you’ll need a tomato, green onions, a lemon, olive oil, feta cheese, salt and pepper.

Ingredient amounts suggested:
1/2 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup diced tomato
3/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Covered the pan with foil before putting in the hot 425 degree oven and set the timer for 25 minutes.

We thought the recipe was easy to make.

Cutting board action includes dicing a tomato and slicing green onions. Then, grate the lemon rind and squeeze it for juice.

Tip: Buy frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp to cut down on prep time. Just thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator the night before making the dish.

The delicious basil shrimp orzo dish can be whipped up in an hour, including prep time and cooking time. Enjoy!