Monday, August 22, 2011

Parmesan Basil Orzo with Oven Roasted Shrimp

Parmesan Basil Orzo

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup orzo (rice shaped pasta)
1 14 oz can chicken broth
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (I used leftover freshly grated cheese from Thursday)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large saucepan and add orzo.  Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until orzo is coated with butter and lightly browned.  Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.  Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil before serving.  Taste for salt and pepper and add it to taste.

Oven Roasted Shrimp

To roast shrimp, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast at 400 for 6-8 minutes, or until just pink.  Don't overcook them! They continue to cook after you take them out of the oven.