We apply the risotto cooking method to pasta instead of rice for an easy, comforting main dish. It also saves time--just 15 minutes compared to the 20 to 30 minutes required for risotto. We recommend serving this main with Caramelized Baby Carrots.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup frozen green peas
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ounce 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Est. added sugars 0g
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion, thyme, and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender and translucent, stirring frequently. Add orzo; cook 2 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring to coat. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.
Add 2 cups stock and salt to pan; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups stock, peas, rind, and shrimp; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove pan from heat; stir in juice, pepper, and cream cheese. Divide shrimp mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls; sprinkle with chives.
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This appears to be listed as a quick recipe by Cooking Light, which only underscores how much easier it must be to cook in the test kitchen. Let’s look at two things - peeling and deveining a pound of medium shrimp and stripping off enough tiny little thyme leaves from their delicate stalks in order to get 2 TBPSPs. Trust me, that lone is going to be over half an hour. Throw in prepping a simple side and clean up and this is NOT a quick dish. Give yourself a couple of hours. So, is it worth it? Ehhh...it’s not bad, but it’s nothing special. Honestly, it’s more like a soup, or an orzo and shrimp stew, and I don’t think I’d call it creamy. In any event, there are better dishes that take the same amount of time or less, so I won’t be making it again.
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