Thursday, May 03, 2007

Basil Shrimp with Feta and Orzo

Another great recipe for a weeknight dinner. It is low in fat, low in calories, and can be made ahead and baked when you are ready to serve.

Basil Shrimp with Feta and Orzo

1/2 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided, more for coating pan
1 cup diced tomato
3/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Preheat oven to 450°. Coat a large shallow baking pan with olive oil.
Cook the pasta in boiling water 5 minutes, omitting salt and fat; drain. Place the pasta in a large bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon oil and next 7 ingredients (1 teaspoon oil through pepper). Place the orzo mixture in prepared baking pan. Combine shrimp and basil. Arrange shrimp mixture on orzo mixture. Seal with aluminum foil. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until the shrimp are done. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil and serve immediately.


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