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Orzo with Shrimp, Cucumbers and Feta

Posted by Peggy on June 23, 2011

Orzo with Roasted Shrimp, Cucumbers and Feta
Recipe: Orzo with Roasted Shrimp, Cucumbers and Feta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 juicy lemons)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling over shrimp
  • 1 pound large, raw shrimp
  • 1/4 cup snipped chives
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 (5-inch) small cucumbers, striped with a vegetable peeler and cut into 1/4-inch coins
  • 5 ounces feta cheese*, cut into large dice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook according to package directions, stirring occasionally, or until just tender, 9-15 minutes. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice and 1/4 cup olive oil. Pour over hot pasta. Stir and season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, place the shell-on shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast on middle rack of oven for 5 to 6 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through, taking care not to overcook.
  4. When shrimp are cool enough to handle, peel and devein. Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the chives, dill, parsley and cucumber. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.

*I prefer French feta, such as Valbreso , in this recipe.

Time: 30 minutes (half of which I used to peel and devein the roasted shrimp)

Number of servings (yield): Approx. 8 cups

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