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Shrimp and Orzo Bake

Using fish and seafood is a great way to keep meals lower in calories and fat.  Here’s a lighter pasta dish that is easy to assemble and tastes great.  The shrimp keeps it light and just a small amount of feta cheese adds great flavor.  It even looks fancy enough to serve for a special occasion.

Author/Source:

abbi @ onceamonthmeals.com, adapted from Hungry Meets Healthy.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 0.5 cup white wine
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. dried chives
  • 0.75 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 ounces reduced fat feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Cook the orzo according to the directions on the package.  Drain.  Heat olive oil in a large pan.  Cook onion for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook 30 seconds.  Add wine, tomatoes, chives and oregano.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for five minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.   Combine shrimp, cooked orzo and tomato mixture.  Divide among baking dishes.  Sprinkle feta and lemon juice over top.  Proceed to freezing directions or bake immediately at 425 for 15-20 minutes until shrimp are thoroughly cooked.   

Freezing Directions:

Prepare baking dishes as listed above and freeze.  To serve, thaw and bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until shrimp are thoroughly cooked.

Servings: 4

Serving Size = 1 cups.  Calories – 400, Total  Fat – 8.9 g, Total Carbohyrdrates – 40.7 g, Protein – 30.7 g.  Dietary Fiber – 3.5 g WW Plus Points: 9 

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann


17 Responses to “Shrimp and Orzo Bake”

  1. Heidi says:

    This recipe omits when to put the lemon juice and feta in. Is it to be sprinkled on at the end or baked in?

    • abbi says:

      The lemon juice and feta are sprinkled over top once the mixture is in the baking dishes before baking. The post has been updated to correct the error.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Made it for dinner tonight and it was awesome!!!!

  3. Aggie says:

    This sounds awesome! I love using whole wheat orzo in recipes, I am going to try this one out!

  4. Lillian says:

    I tried this recipe tonight and the family loved it, but it fails to mention when to put the dried chives in.. other than that it was amazing!

  5. Kendra D says:

    What size shrimp works best in this recipe?

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  7. Devon says:

    Just confirming that you mix the UNCOOKED shrimp in with the COOKED orzo before baking. Correct?
    Sorry, so learner. :)

  8. Devon says:

    oops, slow learner.

  9. Morgan says:

    Made this tonight and loved it! The lemon and feta totally made it. :)

  10. Emily says:

    I made this today and actually did a cold salad version of it. Used all the same ingredients but didnt cook the tomatoes. I also added basil-delish!

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