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Roasted Tomato and Basil Shrimp Orzo

This year our garden is overflowing with cherry tomatoes. I personally could just sit out there and eat them off the vine, like candy. They are so sweet and delish. Besides eating them like candy I love to roast tomatoes. By roasting it brings out all the flavors and I love adding garlic, onion and basil to the mixture. You can roast tomatoes on low for a long time or if you don’t have a lot time you can roast on a higher temp for a shorter amount a time. It really doesn’t matter, just as long as you marry all those ingredients together. Tomato Basil Orzo logo

I am always looking for new ways to use up the vegetables from the garden. Last week I noticed we still had shrimp in the freezer, orzo in the pantry and a ton of tomatoes and basil from the garden. I love orzo and it’s one of those pastas that I don’t use very often.  Orzo is a short cut pasta, almost looking like a large grain of rice. It can put in soups, salads, casseroles or in a dish like I made. This roasted tomato and basil shrimp orzo was a hit with even my littlest picky eater. It can be served hot or at room temperature.

Roasted Tomato and Basil Shrimp Orzo
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4-5
  • 20-30 large shrimp peeled and divined
  • 6 cups of fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 4 Tablespoons good olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil roughly cut
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup white wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Pinch or two of red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz orzo
  1. Place cherry tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes on a large baking sheet and toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Bake at 350 until everything is cooked through and the tomatoes have broken open. Depending on the oven, it could take 1 hour.
  2. Once tomato basil mixture is done, take out of the oven and set a aside
  3. start cooking orzo as directed
  4. In a large saute pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, butter and let the olive oil and butter get hot. Add shrimp and sprinkle with more salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (if desired) begin to saute then add the wine, lemon juice and zest.
  5. Once shrimp is cooked and the wine mixture has reduced a bit add the tomato mixture and mix together
  6. Add the heavy cream and half of the Parmesan cheese and let simmer for 5-10 minutes
  7. Add cooked orzo and mix together
  8. When serving into bowls or plates add more Parmesan and fresh basil



3 Responses to Roasted Tomato and Basil Shrimp Orzo

  1. Donna September 22, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    I will have to try this recipe—just without the shrimp since I have an allergy!

  2. Sarah Honey September 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Looks delish! I love shrimp anything!

  3. Carrie MkgLemonade September 23, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Love roasted tomatoes! And I adore orzo too, since I’m half Greek I grew up eating it regularly. Pinned!

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