Prawn, Garlic & Chilli Orzo

This is such a simple pasta dish and would actually work with any type of pasta. We don’t tend to eat a lot of pasta over here….for one Maisie definitely isn’t a fan of  any sort of pasta but also i tend to find pasta a bit heavy going…BUT I have seen so many delicious orzo looking dishes over on Instgram recently that i started to crave it so here is my fix! My hubby and I actually used to make this meal the whole time pre kids…it’s quite nostalgic making this again!!!

So let’s get on with it…Here’s what you’ll need as well as a good sprinkling of parmesan which isn’t pictured and some croutons which are optional but it just so happened I made some this afternoon – shop bought ones are fine too though and they do give a lovely crunch to this dish!

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So you need to start by preheating your oven to 180C. Place some vine cherry tomatoes onto a baking tray and then drizzle the tomatoes with a little oil and some salt and the pop into the oven…they’ll happily cook away while you get on with the rest….

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Now you need to cook your pasta…so cook this as per the packet instructions…once cooked drain and leave aside.

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Now you can get on with the rest. Start by very slowly cooking your garlic and onion. You don’t want to burn your garlic so low and slow!!

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After 5 mins or so add your chilli’s and cook for a few minutes…then you simply add your spinach and prawns…I’m using cooked prawns as this is what i had in the freezer but raw prawns would probably be better in this…just cook until they turn pink!

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and then add your orzo as well as a big squeeze of lemon (about the juice of 1/2 lemon) Stir through just until the spinach starts to wilt a little…then add some grated parmesan.

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Now it’s ready to serve! All you need to add is your tomatoes from the oven and some crunchy croutons crushed on top and a touch more parmesan! ENJOY!!

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So just to recap:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Orzo pasta
  • Prawns – cooked or raw
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • Lemon
  • large handful of spinach
  • Vine cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red chilli – finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion – finely diced
  • Parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Good olive oil

 

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C and then pop your vine tomatoes into the oven with a drizzle of oil and some salt for 15 mins
  • Next boil your orzo as per your packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and leave aside.
  • Meanwhile very slowly start frying your onion and garlic in some olive oil over a low heat. You don’t want to burn the garlic so go low and slow with this.
  • Once the garlic and onion have been sweating away for 5 mins or so add your chilli.
  • Then add your prawns. If you using raw cook until they’ve just turned pink. If using cooked, cook until just warmed through.
  • Now add your orzo pasta, your spinach and a good squeeze or lemon and lots of cracked black pepper. Stir through until all combined and the spinach just starts to wilt.
  • Now serve with some grated parmesan and your vine tomotoes resting on top.
  • YUM!

Hope you like this one!!!

 

xx

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