Easy Peasy Dinner (I Promise!)

28 May

Cheesy Creamy Orzo with Shrimp & Peas

I have always loved to cook and find it can be very therapeutic. But I have so many friends who find cooking to be complicated or find it annoying because it takes too long. I even have a few friends who are a bit terrified of cooking. Well, this recipe is for you guys!

This orzo dish is super easy to make and it’s so delicious. People will think you spent a lot more time making it, I swear! And it uses only 9 ingredients, most which you probably have in your kitchen already. I don’t count salt & pepper cause if you don’t have that in your kitchen, I don’t want to know you.

I used shrimp and peas today in the dish, but you can adapt the recipe depending on what ingredients you like best or whatever you have in your fridge. So experiment a little, it can be fun. You can change the cheese, sometimes I prefer Parmesan or even Asiago. And if you want to get totally decadent, switch the butter with black or white truffle butter. That will totally kick up the flavor!

Another reason I love this dish is that it can be served either as a main dish or a side dish. When I serve this as a side, I usually like to make it with veggies (asparagus, peas, zucchini, mushrooms).

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So let’s go:

Makes enough for 2 as main dish or 4 as side dish

  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 handfuls frozen peas
  • 5 pieces of shrimp (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

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First you should cook the orzo. Put orzo into boiling water for 9 minutes and then drain and set aside.

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While the orzo is cooking, de-shell and de-vein the shrimp (or you can buy pre-cleaned shrimp to save you time) and cut into small pieces. Thinly slice the garlic cloves. This is the most complicated part of this recipe, I promise.

In a stir-fry pan or frying pan, heat the olive oil with the garlic for a minute and then add the shrimp and stir around. Add about 2 handfuls of frozen peas, you can add more or less, depending on how much you like peas. Add salt and pepper and cook together until the shrimp are almost done. The shrimp are almost done when they turn from transluscent to almost white in color. Don’t overcook the shrimp because you don’t want them to be tough.

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Now stir in the orzo, butter, and heavy cream and stir altogether. If you like this dish creamier, add more heavy cream. When that’s all blended, stir in the cheese (you can add more if you really like cheese). Last step is to add some red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. And you’re done!

When I come home from a long day and I want something simple and comforting, this dish always wins! So easy and so satisfying! Why can’t more things in life be like that?

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