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One-Pot Cheddar, Corn and Basil Orzotto with Shrimp

Orzotto is an Italian dish similar to risotto, but made with pearl barley instead of rice. Orzotti are a speciality of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy. The name is a portmanteau of orzo and risotto.


This one pot recipe is the perfect addition to our collection of simple meals! Recipe Created For Round Dutch Oven. Cook time is about 1 hour. Serving size is 2-4 people.

INGREDIENTS

Shrimp

1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp

2 garlic cloves, grated

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Orzotto

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large shallot, minced

1 cup orzo

2 garlic cloves, grated

2 to 2 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 cup fresh (or frozen) English peas

2 ears of corn, kernels removed

4 ounces (1 cup) grated white cheddar cheese

1 ounce (1/4 cup) grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup small basil leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Toss 1 pound of peeled, deveined shrimp, 2 grated garlic cloves, the ZEST ONLY of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium bowl. Refrigerate if you aren’t cooking right away, otherwise allow the shrimp to marinate at room temperature.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a heavy-bottomed pot, preferably a Dutch oven or braiser, over medium heat. Add 1 large, minced shallot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened.
  3. Stir in 1 cup orzo and 2 grated garlic cloves and stir until the orzo is coated in butter and the garlic starts to smell fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Stir in 2 1/2 cups chicken stock and raise the heat to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low and cover for 8 to 10 minutes, until the orzo is tender but there’s still about 1/2 cup liquid in the skillet.
  5. Stir in 1 cup fresh English peas and the kernels from 2 ears of corn. If your skillet is starting to look dry, stir in 1/4 cup chicken stock. Place the shrimp in an even layer over the orzo and re-cover the pot for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. When most of the shrimp are pink but some are still slightly translucent (uncooked), remove skillet from heat and stir in 4 ounces (1 cup) cheddar cheese, 1 ounce (1/4 cup) grated Parmesan cheese, and the juice from HALF of the zested lemon. The shrimp will finish cooking in the residual heat.
  7. Garnish with 1/4 cup small basil leaves.

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