Garlic and Basil Shrimp and Tomatoes over Orzo

My kids wanted me to make shrimp for dinner so I came up with this tasty recipe. This is a quick and simple dish that my entire family enjoyed. The shrimp and tomatoes were so delicious and I loved serving it and it’s sauce over orzo.

Combine the shrimp with the 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a zip lock bag. Seal and place into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Prepare the orzo, per instructions. Drain and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

While the orzo is cooking, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp when the pan is hot and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the skillet to a plate then cover with a tin foil tent.

Add the tomatoes to the same skillet and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and reduce over high heat for 3-5 minutes until at least half has evaporated. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the shrimp and it’s juices back to the skillet along with the remaining basil.

Place some orzo into a bowl then add the shrimp, tomatoes, and sauce over the top. Garnish with shaved parmesan. Enjoy.

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Garlic and Basil Shrimp and Tomatoes over Orzo

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (divided)
3 cloves garlic, minced
Dash of red pepper flakes, or more to taste
2 cups grape tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup dried orzo pasta, cooked per instructions
Parmesan cheese, shaved

Directions:

Combine the shrimp with the 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a zip lock bag. Seal and place into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Prepare the orzo, per instructions. Drain and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp when the pan is hot and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the skillet to a plate then cover with a tin foil tent.

Add the tomatoes to the same skillet and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and reduce over high heat for 3-5 minutes until at least half has evaporated. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the shrimp and it's juices back to the skillet along with the remaining basil.

Place some orzo into a bowl then add the shrimp, tomatoes, and sauce over the top. Garnish with shaved parmesan. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos for The Love of Cooking.net

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25 Responses to “Garlic and Basil Shrimp and Tomatoes over Orzo”

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 6, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I haven’t had shrimp in ages but now I’m craving it so bad. It’s hard to make a shrimp dinner when my other half hates it, so next time I’m having a solo night, this is totally going to be it. Thanks!

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    Alfie Andrew — August 6, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    I like prowns very much. I think that also be a tasty for me.

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    Debbie — August 7, 2013 @ 3:47 am

    Whoa…this looks good. I love orzo with anything! Would you believe me husband does not like orzo? How crazy is that!

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    Blond Duck — August 7, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    Sounds delicious!

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    Jenn — August 7, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    I’ve made a similar dish but had everything over pasta…. it’s so simple and sooooo very tasty!!!

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — August 7, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Yum, what a beautiful dish. It says “summer” to me. Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation, Pam.

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    Peggy Recker — August 7, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    It looks very tasty.

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    Kim in MD — August 7, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    This looks so delicious, Pam! I will have to sub chicken for the shrimp, sadly, due to my allergy, though!

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    Jamie G — August 7, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    I love simple and easy recipes. My kiddos are crazy for shrimp and pasta. I’m sure this will be a hit in our house!

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    Bill — August 7, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Wow! This dish looks delicious. So simple but I know it’s got to be flavorful. Great post!

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    Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon — August 7, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    This looks wonderful yet easy. I pinned for when my shrimp loving nephew comes to visit I am making this for him.

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    Chris — August 7, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    What a colorful treatment for orzo! That looks divine (and deveined, lol).

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    Marjie — August 7, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    I do pretty much the same thing, except with spinach added to the mix. It is a wonderful dish.

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    rosita — August 7, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Con mis ingredientes favoritos se ve fabulosa con aroma albahaca,hugs,hugs.

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    Joanne — August 7, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I love that your kids actually requested shrimp!! Sounds like a great meal!

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    Annabelle Hammer — August 7, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Hello, this dish looks delicious, except my husband has celiac disease so needs a gluten-free diet. He can’t eat orzo. Can we put the shrimp over rice or gluten-free pasta? Wonder if that would work too.

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    • Pam replied: — August 7th, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

      I think it would be delicious over rice or gluten free pasta! Enjoy.

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    The Café Sucre Farine — August 7, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Fabulous looking dinner! I know your kids LOVED it, mine would too!

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    vanillasugarblog — August 7, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    These are the kind of meals I’m eating these days, nice and simple yet tasty.
    Shrimp hasn’t been too crazy pricey lately, thank goodness.

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — August 7, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    This looks delicious. I love shrimp dishes such as this.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 7, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    A very delicious orzo dish with shrimp and seasonal tomatoes…simple yet so flavourful!

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    gloria — August 7, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    love prawns and the little tomatos look hbeautiful!yy

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    gloria — August 7, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    love prawns and the little tomatos look beautiful!

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    Jovina Coughlin — August 8, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Basil and shrimp – another great combination.

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    Rhonda — August 8, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    I love orzo! This looks awesome and perfect for summer!

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