Healthy comfort food at its best! This One Pot Orzo with Shrimp & Peas comes together in under 30 minutes. Simple and flavorful. 329 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
While I’ve been trying to balance out my meals with extra protein and veggies lately, the last few rainy days have me craving pasta like an Italian nonna with a pot of Sunday gravy bubbling away on the stove. And now I’m wishing I had one iota of Italian blood in my body so I could lay claim to that Sunday tradition.
Last night was lasagna rolls, tomorrow will be a riff on this easy recipe (garlic lovers rejoice) and last week it was this amazing recipe for one pot orzo with shrimp and peas. And I do mean amazing!
While I wish I could put dibs on this recipe, ever word of credit and accolade goes to Aimée of the popular blog Simple Bites and now two-time cookbook author (and fellow Canadian!) Aimée’s second book, Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day is now available in stores, on Amazon (for U.S. readers) and on Indigo (for Canadian readers). Looking for a holiday gift for the food lover in your family? This book should do the trick!
To describe this book, Aimee says it best in her book: “The recipes in this book reflect how my family eats every day. To keep us all healthy, I focus on serving nutritious food – unprocessed, unrefined, fresh, organic when possible, vegetarian most days, homemade when we can.”
In other words, healthy, real food with a dose of realism needed for the average busy family. Right up my alley. Add that to gorgeous photos, engaging writing and recipes such as Tangy Quinoa Carrot Chicken Salad, Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf and Apple Crisp Muesli Mix, and you have a book that you’ll turn to over and over again.
One Pot Orzo Recipe:
This 30 minute meal was a hit with every member of my family, and we managed to polish off every last morsel. Next time I’m making a double batch so I can have lunch leftovers!
As I tend to do when making any recipe from a cookbook, I made a couple of simple changes to suit my family. The changes here were minor. Regular orzo was replaced with whole wheat orzo, and I reduced the salt by one tablespoon.
If you’re looking to add more veggies to the meal, serve this alongside a spinach salad or stir some spinach leaves into the pasta in the last minute of cooking.
Other one pot meals you might like:
One Pot Orzo with Shrimp & Peas
This one pot orzo recipe, with shrimp and peas, is the ultimate comfort meal and comes together in just 25 minutes. 329 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- 2 cups whole wheat orzo
- 1 1/4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
- 12 oz. large shrimp, peeled & deveined
- Zest & juice of 1 lemon
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, stir together paprika, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Cook orzo according to package directions, draining it when it is still a little al dente. Set aside.
- Combine the vegetable broth and white wine in the same pot (I used a large saucepan).
- Add the spice mix and bring to a boil. Add the greens onions, garlic and peas. Return to a rapid boil. Drop in the butter cubes and stir until the butter is melted.
- Carefully add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink.
- Add the cooked orzo, and the lemon zest and juice. Stir for a minute or two until the pasta absorbs all the flavorful liquid. Serve immediately.
Weight Watchers Points: 4 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 8 (SmartPoints), 8 (Points+), 6 (Old Points)
Recipe excerpted from The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day. Copyright © 2017 by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Photos copyright © Tim and Angela Chin. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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