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Spicy Southern Style Shrimp with Lemon Basil Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com
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Spicy Southern Style Shrimp with Lemon Basil Orzo

Made all in one skillet, simple, quick cooking, and so delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 478kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1-2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 cup milk or heavy creamy
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and add it right back to the hot pot. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup basil, lemon juice, and season with salt.
    2. Meanwhile, toss the shrimp with 1 tablespoon
    olive oil and 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning.
    3. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook on both sides until seared, about 2-3 minutes per side. Add the butter, then remove the shrimp from the pan. 
    4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, bell peppers, garlic, and thyme. Cook another 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the wine. Simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Then add the milk, parmesan, and 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. Slide the shrimp into the sauce, simmer 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in a handful of basil.
    5. Spoon the orzo onto plates, then spoon the shrimp and sauce over the orzo. Top with fresh basil. Enjoy! 

Notes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning: mix 2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Makes 3/4 cup. 

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal