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Harissa Shrimp Orzo with Feta and Lemon
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One Pot Harissa Shrimp and Feta Orzo

One pot harissa shrimp and feta orzo comes together in right under 30 minutes and makes for a delightful weeknight dinner. Serve with a simple side salad and you have the building blocks for an easy meal.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 496kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. raw peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ cups dry orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. mild harissa paste such as Mina brand
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh basil and lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large pan with a fitted lid over medium-high. Once hot, add half the shrimp and cook 2 minutes per side, until cooked through. Repeat with remaining half of shrimp. Transfer cooked shrimp to a plate, season with 1/4 tsp. salt, and reduce heat to medium. 
  • Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to pan, along with shallots, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Add orzo; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden.
  • Stir in tomatoes, harissa, and broth; increase heat to bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until orzo is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
    Remove lid; add spinach and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; stir continuously until spinach wilts down. Add shrimp back to pot and continue to cook, uncovered, 3 more minutes to rewarm shrimp. Sprinkle feta overtop and garnish with fresh chopped basil and lemon.

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Notes

  • Store: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and this shrimp orzo recipe will last up to 4 days refrigerated.
  • Reheat: Reheat individual portions in the microwave, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until warmed through. Alternatively, reheat in a skillet with a splash of water or broth to rehydrate the noodles. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 980mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g