Recipe: Orzo with Feta, Spinach, Garlic and Shrimp. A must–try dinner on the fly!

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The day seemed to pass by quickly and I realized I had no idea what to make for dinner. Without wanting to run to the grocery store, I decided I’d need to make do with what I already had at home.

The ingredients I decided to experiment with: Orzo noodles, feta cheese, 3 cloves of garlic, frozen chopped spinach, Extra Virgin olive oil and frozen uncooked jumbo shrimp.

Here is what I did to create the amazing deliciousness we had for dinner:

Heat a pot of water for the orzo noodles and cook up as much as you need. I needed enough for three servings and the following directions are enough for a family of three as well.

I chopped up 2 garlic cloves and sautéed them in olive oil. Then I added the (thawed) spinach and mixed it with the garlic and oil. I used about 7oz of the spinach and would have used more had my toddler daughter not been eating with us (spinach can be a little chewy for her sometimes). The point being – if you have more spinach, go ahead and add it. When that was heated thoroughly I crumbled about 4oz of feta cheese into the mixture and stirred it together and set the mixture aside in a bowl.

In the same frying pan, I heated up some more olive oil to a medium heat and sautéed 1 clove of garlic. I seasoned the (thawed) shrimp lightly with a little garlic powder and salt and added them to the sautéed garlic.  The shrimp will need to cook about 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other. Shrimp need to cook until the grey-ish color goes away and the shrimp turns into a pink/white color.  Once the shrimp is done, I turned the heat down to low and tossed my orzo noodles and spinach mixture into the frying pan, combined all of the ingredients and VOILA, that was it!

My daughter gave me the “Yummy!” seal of approval and my husband and I enjoyed it very much as well.  Other additional ingredients that I imagine would be delightful to add if you have them on hand would be tomatoes, kalamata olives, chicken or tofu in place of shrimp and oregano.

Take care, Stephanie

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maguinha75
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 22:58:25

    Reblogged this on caetanas.

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  2. EcoGrrl
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 12:11:58

    ha! that is one of my favorite dishes except i use fresh basil instead of spinach, and add lemon zest and tomato as well 🙂 awesome comfort food!

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  4. Alaina Bullock
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:40:26

    Wow! For a dish you just threw together, this sounds delicious! I am a huge shrimp lover, so I cannot wait to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Sabrina Dix
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:43:57

    This looks yummy! I love simple recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Gene
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:47:11

    Now this I want to try. I love shrimp but I know little about how to cook them. And your daughter approved of this even with the veggies. I should try to make this soon.

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    • MinnesotaFromScratch
      Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:49:33

      Yeah, my daughter loves shrimp so dishes with shrimp are usually a win. But she also loves veggies! She even ate green peppers the other night!! I didn’t like those until I was in my 20’s! haha If you make this, please let me know how you like it!

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  7. Thomas Chappell
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 09:18:03

    This really juts had my mouth watering. I think we will have to give this a try this weekend.

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  8. Autumn Eaton
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 08:12:30

    I don’t eat Shrimp but everyone else in the house does and I know they would LOVE this, adding it to the new recipes to try out. Thanks!!

    Reply

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