One Pot Lemon Orzo Shrimp
A super easy one pot meal that the whole family will love – even the orzo gets cooked right in the pot!
Can we talk about how amazing one pot meals are? Years ago, I would never go near a one pot meal with a ten foot pole – I just had this suspicion that a one pot meal had major taste deficiencies. It was just too easy and too good to be true. But now – well, let’s just say that I’m only living off of one pot meals for the rest of my life.
After all, why would you ever want to live in a world where you have dirty up all these dishes when you only need one pot? And this orzo shrimp. Yes, it really comes together in a single pot. Even the uncooked orzo gets cooked right in there!
Plus, you have everything you could possibly need in a hearty meal right in this dish – carbs, veggies, shrimp and tons of flavor. Best of all, it’s completely customizable to add in your favorite veggies. It’s the perfect clean-out-the-fridge meal!
I’m just dying to make this again with andouille sausage, corn, zucchini and a little bit of red pepper flakes for some added spice. The possibilities are endless.
A super easy one pot meal that the whole family will love - even the orzo gets cooked right in the pot!
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 8 ounces orzo pasta
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and oregano, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in orzo until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in chicken broth and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, peas, lemon juice and shrimp. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
- Place into oven and bake until shrimp are cooked through, about 12-14 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Why It’s A Smart Choice
Anyone interested in keeping their blood sugars from spiking is going to want meals that are lower in carbohydrates. 41.5% of the calories in this meal come from protein, making it a high protein meal! It’s also low in sodium (at 555 mg per serving) and a good source of Omega 3 fats (400mg/serving). Omega 3 fats are essential and healthy fats that are important for the health of your blood vessels, vision, skin, mood, and memory, but they are only found in select foods – so choose them when you can get them!
Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.