Friday, July 08, 2011

Orzo and Shrimp Scampi Salad

Hi everyone!

Today I bring to you a very easy pasta-salad recipe, perfect for this summer! It is really light, and full of flavor! I'm using regular pasta, if you prefer, go ahead and use whole wheat pasta instead, it will be equally delicious and satisfying!

Serves 4
Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 cup of Orzo (or any other small pasta you like)
1 cup white wine (your favorite, or cooking wine is fine too)
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup green onions, chopped (white or yellow onions work well too)
2/3 cups fresh parsley
zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon olive oil

crushed red pepper, salt, and ground black pepper to taste
3-4 cups of baby salad greens (mix of baby spinach, Romain, arugula, etc)

Peel and devein the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and also add the oregano, garlic powder, olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of lemon zest. Mix well, make sure every single shrimp is covered with the seasoning and set aside.

Cook the pasta as you normally do. (boiling salted water and a bit of olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together). Once pasta is cooked, drain, and set aside.

In a large skillet,at low heat, cook the butter and garlic together for about 4 minutes or until the butter becomes foamy.

Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute.
Turn on the heat to medium high, add the white one and lemon zest, cook until the wine is reduce to half, for about 2-3 minutes on medium high.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the shrimp and cook for about a minute and half on each side.

Season with crushed red pepper, add 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, mix and add the cooked pasta, stir together, and cook for another minute or so, or until the pasta is warm and the shrimp is completely cooked.

Serve on a bed of baby greens, garnish with the rest of the fresh parsley and enjoy!

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