This is one of my finest creations, made much easier by the frozen pre-cooked shrimp!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; mix 2 teaspoons pesto and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil into orzo.

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  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet; cook and stir shrimp, red bell pepper, and capers in hot oil until shrimp is heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir remaining 1 teaspoon pesto, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper into shrimp mixture; cook and stir until combined, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Mix orzo into shrimp mixture; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil.

Nutrition Facts

585 calories; protein 32g 64% DV; carbohydrates 58.9g 19% DV; fat 24.4g 38% DV; cholesterol 173.9mg 58% DV; sodium 366mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2017
I know they say if you change a bunch of stuff, it's not the same recipe but I had to "McGyver" it based on what I had on hand. For example, I was out of pesto so I bullet blended a bunch of fresh basil and fresh garlic and olive oil. Not exactly pesto but it did the job. Also added some butter to cooked orzo for flavor and moisture. Eliminated red pepper (too overwhelming in taste) and red pepper flakes (I'm a spice wimp) but chopped some tomato and added at the end for color/moisture/flavor and because I still have a ton of tomatoes from my sisters garden. Also cut up some fresh spinach and added to orzo to resemble something we love from Macaroni Grill. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2013
This was too bland and dry for our tastes. I ended up doubling the oregano and garlic powder and using way more pesto. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2013
I kept to the recipe with minimal changes. Pesto is made with olive oil so I didn't add any olive oil to the dish (this helped cut down on the calories). This was a fast lunch to make and regardless of incomplete directions I figured out where the extra pesto was used. Please don't allow someone who rated this low (without making it!) dissuade you from trying this. It's quick and it tastes good! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2017
I know they say if you change a bunch of stuff, it's not the same recipe but I had to "McGyver" it based on what I had on hand. For example, I was out of pesto so I bullet blended a bunch of fresh basil and fresh garlic and olive oil. Not exactly pesto but it did the job. Also added some butter to cooked orzo for flavor and moisture. Eliminated red pepper (too overwhelming in taste) and red pepper flakes (I'm a spice wimp) but chopped some tomato and added at the end for color/moisture/flavor and because I still have a ton of tomatoes from my sisters garden. Also cut up some fresh spinach and added to orzo to resemble something we love from Macaroni Grill. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2014
Made this dinner tonight and it was super delicious. We did make a few changes; fresh basil, fresh garlic, fresh shrimp, sundried tomatoes instead of red bell pepper and then added some chopped cucumber in at the end for a bit of crunch. This is a great base recipe. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2013
This was too bland and dry for our tastes. I ended up doubling the oregano and garlic powder and using way more pesto. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2013
Until AR fixes this recipe to correct the directions (I did let them know) they are complete in the submitter's personal recipe so check this version: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62119868/shrimp-orzo-pesto/detail.aspx Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2018
I ve made this many times (without capers) and it s delicious every time. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
Quite tasty! Substituted fresh shrimps deveined & shelled sauted in garlic butter just before adding broccoli instead of red peppers then rest of spices. Yummy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2016
Made as written except substituted chopped sun-dried tomatoes for the red pepper and I only had 6 oz. of dry orzo instead of 8 and that was plenty with the approx 1 lb. of frozen pre-cooked shrimp. I also added fresh basil out of the garden and the parmesan at the end as the original recipe writer called for (Allrecipes needs to correct the recipe as it has been transcribed incorrectly as another reader pointed out). It was very good and fast to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2019
I cooked raw frozen shrimp in my instant pot first before starting with this recipe. I cooked the Orzo about 8 minutes and added asparagus and sundried tomatoes since I didn t have any red peppers. I also added spinach as others suggested. I loved this recipe and would definitely make it again. Read More