Shrimp, Tomato, and Basil Orzo
Makes 3-4 servings
8 ounces orzo pasta
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and basil (or garlic and onion), undrained
20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or 4 teaspoons dried
kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
Parmesan cheese, to taste
Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, saute for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the diced tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, red pepper, and tomato paste. Reduce heat to medium and cover skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes until mixture is hot.
Add orzo and Parmesan cheese to skillet, mix thoroughly to combine.