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Athenian Orzo

Posted by on August 3, 2014
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Athenian Orzo
Orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, makes a delightful base for an authentically Greek combination of shrimp, tomatoes and feta. To serve as a side dish, omit the shrimp and drain the tomatoes before adding them.

Ingredients

1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup dry white wine
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 tablespoon drained capers
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 lb. medium shrimp, (30-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
1 cup orzo
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Method
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch (or other 3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil.
2. Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley, capers, oregano, basil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper; cook for 5 minutes. Drop in shrimp and cook, stirring, until barely pink, about 2 1/2 minutes.
3. Cook orzo in the boiling water until tender but still firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Toss with the tomato-shrimp sauce. Sprinkle with feta and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley.
4. Bake, uncovered, until the feta is bubbly, about 10 minutes.
Prep
• Active: 30 Minutes
• Total Time: 50 Minutes

Source: EatingWell.com (4 servings)

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