Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo

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This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!
Shrimp Orzo

Shrimp scampi is usually swimming in butter, this lightened version is just as delicious, using only a touch of butter and lots of fresh lemon. My kids love Pasta and Broccoli, sometimes I make it as a main dish, but also makes a great side dish using any small pasta shape like orzo or ditalini which worked great in this dish. If you want an easy way to bake your shrimp instead, you can try this Easy Baked Shrimp recipe.

This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!

How To Make Shrimp Orzo

And of course, if you’re observing Lent and looking for more seafood dishes, this is perfect. You can also check out all the Lenten-friendly dishes here for inspiration!

Helpful Tips:

  • I like adding crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little heat, but I would leave this out for the kids.
  • Buy shrimp still frozen and defrost as needed. Most shrimp arrives at stores frozen so you may as well buy it frozen and defrost it as needed so it as fresh as possible.
  • To thaw frozen shrimp, transfer the shrimp to the refrigerator the night before or run under cool water to defrost quicker.

This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes! This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!    This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!

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This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!
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Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo

282 Cals 27 Protein 20.5 Carbs 10 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 5 ounces uncooked orzo pasta, or gluten-free pasta
  • 3 cups of roughly chopped fresh broccoli florets only, no stems
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

Shrimp:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp, tails removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and broccoli and cook according to package directions for al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup liquid before draining.
  • Drain orzo and broccoli in a colander and add the oil to the pot over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook until golden, 30 seconds. Return the drained orzo and stir to combine all.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the reserved liquid, or more as needed and cook 1 minute, stirring.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt butter and oil over medium heat.  When the butter is melted, add garlic and sauté 30 seconds.
  • Add shrimp and season with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, flip, then add another 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque and cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and add red pepper (if using), lemon juice, and parsley.  Toss to evenly coat.
  • To serve, divide the shrimp and sauce over 3/4 cup orzo.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4oz shrimp 3/4 cup pasta, Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 20.5g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 180mg, Sodium: 251.5mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g
WW Points Plus: 7
Keywords: shrimp scampi, Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo, Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Photo credit: Jess Larson

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142 comments

  1. Made this and it was delicious.  Followed others advise and boiled the pasta and broccoli in chicken broth.   Used elbow pasta because I couldn’t find orzo at my store.  

  2. Finally made this one and it is a favorite. I had whole wheat orzo, used frozen thawed shrimp which is nice and quick. I used more broccoli florets –10 ounces which was more then 3 cups but we like the extra veggie in this. Used just the one tab butter–*(light one) and no oil in this, actually didn’t use as many garlic –just two large as I misread the recipe as I went along but actually found that to be plenty.

  3. this was so delicious. cooked the orzo in chicken stock and steamed the broccoli bits separately, based on the previous suggestions. babies and wife loved it!

  4. Made this for the first time tonight using frozen shrimp from Costco.  It was so delicious, my 11 year old son and I both loved it.  I add some ghee to the pan when cooking the shrimp and added a little pecorino Romano to the orzo and broccoli.  Definitely going to be making this regularly!

  5. One of my favorites. It’s always in the rotation. So quick and easy to make. 

  6. Can you use chicken breasts and how much?