Cindy Cooking up Shrimp with Orzo and Vegetables on Mass Appeal

Cindy on MassAppeal sharing a quick and easy weeknight recipe!  Her Shrimp with Orzo and Vegetables.  Thank you LeCreuset and Simply Organic!




  • 1 pound uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt plus more
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Lemon wedges
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water and follow package instructions for orzo (less 3 minutes) Drain and put orzo in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the same pot over medium-high. Add onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and let cook for about 5-7 minutes; stirring often. Toss in tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt and pepper; cook for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in broth and orzo; bring to a simmer. Cover and keep on low.
  3. Take prepared shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Using an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat drizzle some olive oil. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes the first side then about 2 on the other side.
  4. To serve layer the orzo and vegetables on a large platter then top with shrimp. Add lemon zest, fresh parsley and lemon slices to garnish the platter then drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil.

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