Orzo with Shrimp and Broccolini

Recipe courtesy of Williams Sonama's Pasta Night


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch broccolini, about½ lb (250 g), tough ends removed
  • 12 oz (375 g) orzo
  • 1 ½ cups (12 fl oz/375 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb (500 g) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup (2 oz/60 g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Orzo with Shrimp and Broccolini

Orzo with Shrimp and Broccolini

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Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccolini and cook until fork-tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the broccolini to a plate, reserving the cooking water. When cool enough to handle, chop into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces. Set aside.

Return the pot of water to high heat and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until

al dente, about 2 minutes less than the package directions for doneness. Drain well

and set aside.

In a small pan over low heat, warm the broth. Keep warm while you cook the shrimp.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the

garlic and saute just until soft, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and season well with

salt and pepper. Cook, flipping once, until the shrimp are bright pink, about 5 minutes total. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a clean plate and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the orzo and½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) of the

warm broth, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook gently, stirring often, until the broth is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Repeat to add the remaining broth ½ cup at a time, allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Stir in the cheese, parsley, shrimp, and broccolini. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.


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