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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Herb Orzo

This is a simple and fast recipe that I can't get enough of in the summer. Orzo is a lighter way of fulfilling a pasta craving and its paired best (in my humble opinion) with fresh lemon and light herbs of basil and parsley.

For the shrimp:
1lb peeled and cleaned shrimp (Although I remove the tails before serving I leave them on during grilling for easy handling)
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
1/8 c olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for about 20 minutes.
Skewer the shrimp and grill for 3 minutes per side. Set aside and let rest until orzo is complete.

For the orzo:
1 cup orzo
2 qt water
salt for the water
parsley and basil
juice and zest of one lemon

Boil large pot of salted water and add orzo. Cook according to package directions.
Once the orzo is done, drain it and return to pot. Add big handfuls of coarsely chopped parsley and basil, the juice and zest and salt and pepper.
Cook the mixture over very low heat until combined. Continue to season to your tastes.
Remove shrimp from skewers and toss with orzo. Serve immediately.

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