Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

A nice alternative to the traditional risotto, and much easier too! It was so easy to make with any add-in's you have on hand.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add orzo and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add chicken broth and water, bring to a boil.
  5. Once at a boil reduce heat to a simmer uncovered.
  6. Meanwhile core, seed and dice the tomatoes and thaw and strain the spinach.
  7. Once the liquid in the orzo begins to absorb (about 5 minutes) add the tomatoes and stir.
  8. Let this simmer for another 5 minutes then add the spinach and stir.
  9. Cook until the liquid is fully absorbed (about another 15 minutes).
  10. In a separate pan sauté the shrimp and sprinkle with creole seasoning (optional, you can use whatever spice you like) until cooked.
  11. Add the cheeses and fresh basil, red pepper (optional) to the orzo and stir, then add in the shrimp and serve!
Most Helpful

5 5

This did come out nice and creamy. I did use Old Bay on the Shrimp cooking over high heat in olive oil a quick 1-2 minutes per side. Served the shrimp on top. Garnished with fresh basil. Thanks!

4 5

Super good! I increased the garlic and would even do it more. I will add sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes next time. I did add the creole seasoning. I think this is a must.