SHRIMP ORZO WITH SUN DRIED TOMATOES

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SHRIMP ORZO
Munchie Cooks

Shrimp orzo is amazing.

The first time I saw orzo served on a plate it looked like white rice. In fact, I thought it was white rice until  I tasted a fork full of its deliciousness. I knew right away orzo was not rice. Good guess on my part, right?

One bite is all it takes to know orzo, which is shaped like white rice and looks like white rice is actually pasta.

Through the years, I have used orzo to make soups and salads. I have also used it as a side dish and a main dish coupled with extra ingredients.

Orzo is perfect as a main dish, especially if you are craving pasta, but don’t want a heavy pasta laden with a heavy, meat sauce.

One of my favorite orzo recipes, which is quick, easy, and mouth-watering good is shrimp orzo with sun-dried tomatoes. This recipe is simple, tasty, and super delicious. You can serve it for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

Every Mother’s Day weekend, I honored my mother and her sisters who were twins, with a special home cooked, meal, and showered them with gifts and flowers. It was my special way of expressing my abundant love and appreciation for them.

One Saturday afternoon before Mother’s Day, I decided to host a brunch for my mother and her twin sisters. I wanted it to be extra special because it was the tenth consecutive year I had hosted a celebration to honor them.

My day started very early. I went shopping at their favorite stores and picked up a few of their favorite things and had them gift wrapped. I went to the florist and picked up their favorite fresh cut flowers. I stopped by my favorite seafood shop and picked up a pound of cooked shrimp then drove home.

When I arrived at my house, I set the dining room table with china, silverware, crystal stems, and rose petals. Everything was set for a lovely afternoon, everything except the meal.

The menu included mini salmon croquettes, creamy tomato soup, tossed salad, lemon-orange fruity iced tea, and shrimp orzo with sun dried tomatoes.

The only thing left to do was prepare and serve the meal to the special guests of honor. It was a wonderful celebration. My mother and her sisters enjoyed their gifts, flowers, and their meal.

There was plenty of conversation about previous Mother’s Day celebrations and the day’s amazing meal.

You guessed it. My mother and aunts thought the orzo was rice, until they took their first bite and knew right away they were not eating rice.

That was a conversation starter, one that lasted for a few minutes even after I shared what I knew about orzo and the fact that it is pasta and not rice.

To say my mom and her sisters enjoyed their meal would be an understatement. They loved their special day, and the orzo, too. It was another cherished Mother’s Day weekend.

You can serve shrimp orzo with sun dried tomatoes at your next special occasion or just because. It is a versatile recipe that is perfect for splendid affairs or everyday lunch or dinner. Click the link to see how we make our SHRIMP ORZO WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES.

INGREDIENTS

1 Pound Orzo

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 Cup yellow onions

1 Pound fresh shrimp (peeled and deveined)

1 Cup sun-dried tomatoes

1/4 Red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook orzo according to package instructions

Drain orzo

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to skillet

Add yellow onions. Cook until tender.

Add shrimp. Cook until done.

Add cooked orzo

Stir

Sprinkle with red pepper flakes

NOTE: You can add your own special seasoning to shrimp orzo with sun-dried tomatoes. I add sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to taste for my serving.

NOTE: You can also substitute the shrimp for chicken, meatballs, and tuna. Serve on a bed of fresh spinach to make a great pasta tuna salad.

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