Shrimp & Peppers Orzo

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This is a perfect dinner for a hot night – simple and bright and full of flavor. While many say you don’t do cheese and shellfish – but those people are wrong! Yes, I would say cheddar and shellfish are a no-no. But lots of other cheeses are perfect with shellfish – especially goat cheese and shrimp. You get that tang which is similar to the tang of citrus that goes so well with shellfish. Shrimp & Peppers Orzo is a delightful weeknight meal the whole family will love.

Shrimp & Peppers Orzo

Goat cheese is a very soft cheese that melts quickly. It makes a perfect quick sauce that just has to be stirred in to the mix to create a tasty dish. If you cannot find goat cheese (I get it from my Costco), you can substitute cream cheese or Ricotta cheese. But you will want to add a tablespoon or so of lemon juice to it so that you get the same tang.

Shrimp & Peppers Orzo

This is a quick dish to pull together and the timing is crucial to success. You do not want to overcook the shrimp at all. Or let the bell pepper get past the point of still having a bite to them. I did make a quick focaccia-style bread to go with this dish. I just use a simple pizza dough recipe and top it with some oil, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.

Shrimp & Peppers Orzo

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Shrimp & Peppers Orzo

A bright and delightful veggie packed shrimp and pasta.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Seafood
Keyword bell peppers, goat cheese, lemon, orzo, Pasta, pasta dishes, shrimp, shrimp recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Large Shrimp (Raw) peeled, deveined, tail-off
  • 1 lb Orzo
  • 1 Greean Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 White Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 8 oz Goat Cheese crumbled
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon zest & juice

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saute pan, add butter, onion and garlic. Once melted add bell peppers sand saute for 4 minutes.
  • Add orzo to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water.
  • Add shrimp, red pepper flakes and salt to peppers. Cook for 7 minutes (until shrimp is no longer pink). Add orzo, lemon zest and juice to shrimp and peppers. Stir well and let cook 3 minutes. Add crumbled goat cheese and gently toss to combine (do not stir to vigorously).

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

One thought on “Shrimp & Peppers Orzo

  1. OHHH – Pinned! I love shrimp and orzo is my favorite pasta!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Have a great week.

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