Basil shrimp served with feta and orzo is an easy, flavorful meal that's perfect for weeknights. Serve with a mixed green salad.
1 regular-size foil oven bag
1/2 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup diced tomato
3/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Coat inside of oven bag with cooking spray. Place the bag on a large shallow baking pan.
Cook the pasta in boiling water 5 minutes, omitting salt and fat; drain. Place the pasta in a large bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon oil and next 7 ingredients (1 teaspoon oil through pepper). Place the orzo mixture in prepared oven bag. Combine shrimp and basil. Arrange shrimp mixture on orzo mixture. Fold edge of bag over to seal. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until the shrimp are done. Cut open bag with a sharp knife, and peel back the foil. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil.
Note serving size is 2. Double for the family. I've made this several times and it is always a hit. I don't even bother with the olive oil drizzle at the end. I just use foil on a baking sheet that I crimp closed and it works fine (don't forget the nonstick spray). Sometimes I'll throw in some minced garlic. Keeper.
Outstanding!!! Will be a great company dish. I made my own tin foil envelope and crimped all the edges and substituted 2 cups cooked rice for the orzo for the gluten intolerant. I'm always a little uneasy when lemon is an ingredient as many times a dish is too lemony, and I'm not a big lemon person. This was the perfect amount. It added just the right brightness and flavor kick. So simple and fabulous. I was waiting for the perfect dish to make with the frozen shrimp in my freezer. This was it.
We LOVED this recipe! I made it exactly as directed, it was a breeze to make. Not too many ingredients, not too time consuming, and super easy cleanup!! It has definitely earned its place in my recipe box!
Delicious, made as directed. Next time I might add some chopped zucchini or red bell pepper just amp up the veggies. I liked the fact that it went in the oven, I did all the clean up while it was baking then after dinner I just balled up the foil and tossed it.