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Shrimp Orzo Parmesan Recipe

This dish is the epitome of deliciousness – shrimp, orzo pasta and plenty of Parmesan cheese! Perfect for quick weeknight dinners!

Orzo is a type of pasta that looks similar to rice but cooks faster. It’s often used in soups and salads as well as risotto dishes.


Garlic is the key element in this shrimp orzo parmesan recipe, and I adore how it adds such wonderful flavor. Not only that, but it helps create a thick and savory sauce that pairs perfectly with potatoes, pasta, steamed vegetables or my delicious optional Greek Orzo!

Shrimp orzo parmesan is so easy to make and you can add more garlic at any point during the cooking process. I used 4-6 cloves for a strong kick of garlic flavor; you may wish to adjust according to your preferences.

If the mixture seems too bland for your liking, add a pinch of salt and pepper during the cooking process. Additionally, you can garnish with fresh herbs or more lemon juice if desired.

This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe calls for salted, pepper and chili powder before simmering in butter, lemon juice and garlic – creating an irresistibly tasty lemon butter garlic sauce that’s sure to wow guests and family alike! While I typically serve this over mashed potatoes, its versatility allows you to serve it with almost anything!

Cooking shrimp this way is one of the quickest ways to prepare them and ensures they remain tender, juicy and absolutely delicious! This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe takes only 20 minutes to make – perfect for a busy weeknight when you need dinner on the table quickly!

This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe is ideal to have in your freezer for quick meals that you can prepare quickly. Plus, it’s super-easy to make; feel free to add more garlic or fresh herbs at any point during cooking.


Orzo pasta cooks quickly, making it a great choice for recipes that require quick meals. When combined with shrimp and other ingredients like garlic butter, orzo becomes an irresistibly flavorful meal in no time! Plus, the healthy dish can be served either way depending on your preferences – meat or veggies included!

Start by melting butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and stirring in shallots and garlic until they become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Then add orzo and cook until lightly toasted, about 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with wine and lemon juice, scraping down the bottom of the skillet to release any delicious brown bits.

Once the liquid begins to reduce, add chicken broth and simmer. Be sure to stir orzo every couple of minutes in order to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

After about 10 minutes, or when the orzo is al dente, remove from heat and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, milk, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

This one-pot dish takes just 30 minutes to prepare and can be served for lunch or dinner – ideal for a quick weeknight dinner! To make it vegetarian friendly, simply replace the shrimp with frozen peas, asparagus or mushrooms!

Serve this shrimp orzo parmesan recipe with crusty bread, salad or a bowl of your favorite vegetables – I especially recommend it with sauteed grape tomatoes and asparagus.

This weeknight shrimp scampi recipe is packed with garlic, perfectly cooked shrimp and toasted orzo pasta for an easy dinner that the whole family will love! It’s the ideal weeknight dinner solution for busy families – everyone will be sure to love it!


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This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe utilizes white wine to impart a delicate but complex flavor that pairs perfectly with the tart tomato and fresh garlic. Additionally, the nutty and creamy orzo pasta adds another dimension.

Begin by heating a large pan over medium-high heat and adding some butter. Once melted, add orzo and gently stir around until it toasts and begins to turn golden in color.

After about 5 minutes, the orzo should have started to absorb liquid and the dish should look quite creamy. If it seems a little sticky at this stage, add an additional few tablespoons of chicken broth until you achieve your desired consistency.

Once the orzo has cooked through, deglaze the pan with some white wine and allow it to simmer for a few more minutes. This will release some of the wine’s flavors from within the cooked orzo, giving it an even richer taste.

If you’re vegetarian, omit the wine and substitute with vegetable stock instead. For a creamier consistency, add some half-and-half to help keep the mixture moist.

This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe is super quick and simple to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner that requires minimal cleanup!

Chicken Broth

Chicken broth is a calorie-free liquid that quickly cooks in soups, stews and casseroles for an enhanced flavor. Not only is it simple to make at home but tastes better than store-bought varieties too – there are hundreds of flavors to choose from so you can use it in all of your favorite dishes!

This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe includes a flavorful sauce made with chicken broth and lemon juice. It’s an effortless meal that comes together quickly in one pot – only 35 minutes of active time required!

To begin this pasta dish, begin by toasting garlic and orzo in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Be sure to stir frequently as the garlic can burn if left too long on the stovetop.

After some time has elapsed, pour in the lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer; cook until orzo is al dente and shrimp are pink and cooked through.

Orzo pasta absorbs liquid well, making it perfect for creating creamy sauces. The starch that leaches out of orzo helps thicken this straightforward yet flavorful dinner with cheese.

This dish pairs perfectly with a fresh spring vegetable side, but it’s equally tasty on its own. This straightforward dinner makes an excellent addition to any menu.

This recipe is also an efficient use of leftover shrimp, making it the ideal choice for a busy weeknight. Plus, you can prep the dish ahead of time so it’s ready to serve when you get home from work!

Enjoy this shrimp orzo parmesan recipe on its own, or as a side for grilled chicken. The combination of toasted garlic, orzo, chicken broth and lemon juice make for an irresistibly quick dinner you can make at home!

Parmesan Cheese

Orzo pasta is one of the most versatile and straightforward to cook dry pastas available. It makes for great one-pot meals, as it cooks quickly in chicken or vegetable broth with milk while absorbing all other flavors added to the mix.

This shrimp orzo parmesan recipe boasts garlic, tomatoes, basil and plenty of parmesan cheese for a quick and delicious dinner that you can whip up on busy weeknights!

Before cooking, orzo is toasted in butter and mixed with chicken stock and lemon juice. After simmering until the liquid has reduced and the pasta is al dente, it’s finished off by topping with grated parmesan cheese and baby spinach.

When making this dish, it’s essential to use a high-quality pan to guarantee the shrimp cook evenly. Calphalon Premier’s 12-inch fry pan is ideal for this recipe as it heats evenly across its large surface area and allows the shrimp to cook quickly.

Once the shrimp are cooked, you can add them to your orzo mixture. Doing this will give the dish an incredible flavor and ensure that the orzo doesn’t become overcooked.

To prepare this shrimp orzo parmesan recipe, begin by melting some butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Next, add garlic and shrimp; when they are pink on both sides, transfer them to a plate.

While the shrimp are cooking, you can sautee onions and garlic in remaining butter until they become translucent. Stir in orzo and cook until lightly browned and toasted – about 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with wine and simmer until most of it has been absorbed.

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