Serve this easy entrée with Raspberry-Asparagus Medley, grilled fruit kebabs, or cold soup. Rice-shaped orso pasta soaks up the flavor of the chicken broth it's cooked in. Toasted almonds provide contast to the smooth texture of the orzo. If you don't have sun-dried tomato sprinkles, chop regular sun-dried tomatoes to measure 1/4 cup.
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 pound uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup sun-dried tomato sprinkles
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and divided
How to Make It
Bring broth to a boil in a large Dutch oven; stir in orzo. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cover.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add shrimp; sauté for 2 minutes. Add carrot, bell peppers, tomato sprinkles, salt, and black pepper; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are done and vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/4 cup almonds. Combine shrimp mixture and orzo; sprinkle with remaining almonds.
In contrast to other reviews, I loved this dish, and it comes together easily! Great contrast of tastes between crunchy almonds and crisp veggies versus the creamy orzo and tender shrimp. Best part was the sun-dried tomato sprinkles which infused every bite - almost like an invisible pasta sauce yum! Only thing I might do differently is replace the bell peppers with a different veggie, since bell peppers aren't my favorite.
Timing seems off. Vegetables should be added before shrimp. I had to remove the shrimp to let the veggies cook. Orzo seemed very pasty after sitting while cooking the shrimp/veg. Sundried tomatoes seem out of place flavor wise and I think pine nuts would be better than almonds. Not sure I'll try it again but it could be improved easily.
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