Shrimp Orzo Pesto Recipe -
Shrimp Orzo Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Shrimp Orzo Pesto

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"This is one of my finest creations, made much easier by the frozen pre-cooked shrimp!"

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; mix 2 teaspoons pesto and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil into orzo.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet; cook and stir shrimp, red bell pepper, and capers in hot oil until shrimp is heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir remaining 1 teaspoon pesto, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper into shrimp mixture; cook and stir until combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Mix orzo into shrimp mixture; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 25, 2013

I kept to the recipe with minimal changes. Pesto is made with olive oil, so I didn't add any olive oil to the dish (this helped cut down on the calories). This was a fast lunch to make, and regardless of incomplete directions I figured out where the extra pesto was used. Please don't allow someone who rated this low (without making it!) dissuade you from trying this. It's quick, and it tastes good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 04, 2013

This was too bland and dry for our tastes. I ended up doubling the oregano and garlic powder and using way more pesto.


9 Ratings

Dec 10, 2014

Made this dinner tonight and it was super delicious. We did make a few changes; fresh basil, fresh garlic, fresh shrimp, sundried tomatoes instead of red bell pepper and then added some chopped cucumber in at the end for a bit of crunch. This is a great base recipe. Will definitely make this again.

Aug 22, 2013

Until AR fixes this recipe to correct the directions (I did let them know), they are complete in the submitter's personal recipe so check this version:

Jul 10, 2015

I used 2 pounds of large shrimp, 8 oz orzo and doubled remaining ingredients, with the exception of the red pepper flakes. Might use a bit more pesto next time. Family really liked it.

Jan 14, 2015

I'm really just delving into the world of "real cooking" and this recipe was perfect. Just the right number of ingredients and steps that I didn't feel overwhelmed. The end results were tasty, although I think next time, I'll cut back on the olive oil.


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  • Calories
  • 585 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.9 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 174 mg
  • 58%
  • Fat
  • 24.4 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 32 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 366 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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