Orzo with Shrimp and Tiny Peas

Orzo with Shrimp and Tiny Peas Photo: Andrew McCaul; Stylist: Alistair Turnbull/Pat Bates & Associates


  • 2 1/2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 cups frozen petite green peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound frozen cooked shrimp, thawed, drained, and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Tarragon leaves (optional)
  • Lemon zest, thinly sliced (optional)


1. Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add broth to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in orzo; reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until pasta is al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

2. Heat butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat; stir in shallot and zest. Cook until shallot is softened (about 3 minutes), stirring frequently. Add peas; cook until peas are bright green (about 2 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat; stir in lemon juice, chopped tarragon, salt, and pepper. Transfer pea mixture to a plate.

3. Add shrimp and orzo to skillet; cook until heated through (about 4 minutes), stirring frequently. Add Parmesan to pan; stir until creamy. Stir in pea mixture. Transfer to 4 bowls, and garnish with tarragon leaves and thinly sliced lemon zest, if desired. Serve immediately.

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  • Yield: Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 442
Fat per serving: 12g
Saturated fat per serving: 6g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 40g
Carbohydrate per serving: 45g
Fiber per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 245mg
Iron per serving: 6mg
Sodium per serving: 574mg
Calcium per serving: 193mg

Good to Know

This quick dinner gives you a whopping 40 grams of protein. Shrimp is also low in calories and saturated fat, and high in heart-healthy vitamin B12 and vitamin D.