Creamy Orzo Shrimp Scampi is a one-pan meal that really takes dinner to the next level! Fresh shrimp are sautéd until golden brown, and then folded into a decadently creamy orzo pasta infused with all the original shrimp scampi flavors: lemon, garlic, white wine and fresh parsley! Get dinner on the table in under an hour and with only one pan – now that’s my kind of meal!
What is Creamy Orzo Shrimp Scampi?
If you aren’t familiar with the classic shrimp scampi flavors, not to worry! It’s fresh shrimp simmered in butter, garlic, white wine and fresh parsely. The flavors are bright and decadent at the same time – it’s the best of both worlds! You can serve the shrimp as is, or typically as it is: with pasta!
Orzo is actually a pasta, isn’t that cool? It looks just like rice! I love it paired with this shrimp scampi recipe. If you don’t have orzo pasta on hand, you can use any pasta shape (try to stay on the smaller side or even angel hair pasta or linguine), or sub in risotto rice!
How to Make Creamy Orzo Shrimp Scampi
Even though this recipe looks decadently good, it only requires a few simple steps!
First off, you sear the shrimp in some butter to get them nice and golden brown. Set the shrimp aside and move onto the orzo. Essentially, you treat the orzo like risotto rice – you simmer it low and slow in chicken stock until it is perfectly fluffy! Stir in some heavy cream, lemon juice, garlic and fresh parsely and you have pure pasta decadence. Add the shrimp back in and dig in!
How to Serve Creamy Orzo Shrimp Scampi
Another thing that is so great about this dinner recipe: it can be served for any occassion! Whether it’s a date night meal, weeknight meal for the family or to feed a crowd, it fits the bill! I’m thinking this will be a perfect dinner for Mother’s Day… with some garlic bread… and some chocolate cake for dessert…
Having leftovers of this Creamy Orzo Shrimp Scampi around wasn’t a bad thing at all either. It actually re-heats very nicely! I love how this dish is both decadent and full of fresh, vibrant flavor at the same time. You really can’t go wrong when butter, garlic, white wine and cream are invovled!
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