• Alison Aberdeen

Shrimp, Tomato and Pea Orzo

Hello my friends! I don't know about you but I am seriously draggin' ass this week so far. I'm hoping I've got my ZING back tomorrow, otherwise we'll be hitting an all-time record of weeknight Chic-Fil-A dinners.

I made a dish this weekend for my family that I do pretty often and I had some people ask about it from a #boomerang photo from my Insta Stories (saved under GRUB highlight), so I thought I'd share it with you! It's actually entirely off the top of my head, and I'm #notachef, so I don't know if you even wanna trust me lol:)

But alas, I've had nothing but compliments when I make it, so here goes...

This is without the tomatoes - ADD THEM - they're so good in it!

Shrimp, Tomato and Pea Orzo

*I've also made this with roasted asparagus, tomatoes and onion and it's also PHENOMENAL! My next try will be with spinach and mushrooms - so many options for this dish! Add some chicken for protein if you'd like!*


1 lb. orzo pasta

2 tbsp. butter or margarine

1 lb. large or jumbo shrimp


Old Bay Seasoning

1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil

1/2 of a sweet onion, diced (red onion would be good too!)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 of a pint cherry tomatoes, halved

3/4 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup shredded parmesan


1. Boil 4-6 quarts of water. Add salt once boiling, the add 1 lb. box orzo pasta. Boil until al dente (8-9 minutes). *Save about 1/2 cup of pasta water just in case you need to add some to the finished dish at the end*. Drain and set aside.

2. Clean and rinse your shrimp, pat dry with a paper towel and season with salt, pepper and Old Bay.

3. In a large saute pan, melt 1 tbsp. of your butter on medium heat.

4. Saute the shrimp in the pan with butter until they 're pink and have a good sear on each side. Set aside on a plate. Once they've cooled a bit, give them a rough chop to make more bite size pieces.

5. Melt the other tbsp. of butter along with a small tbsp. of olive or coconut oil in the same pan.

6. Saute your diced onions for a few minutes until translucent. Add your garlic.

7. Add tomatoes and peas and saute for 2 minutes.

8. Add your wine to the pan -scrape all the bits from the bottom of the pan and let the wine cook off for about 2-3 minutes until it's reduced by half. Turn off your heat.

9. Add your orzo to the pan and toss (you may not need to add all of the orzo - save what's leftover for the kiddos and put some butter on it - they'll love it!) If you need a little more "sauce", add some of your pasta water to it now.

10. Finish with the parmesan, toss and ENJOY!


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