One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo

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This One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo is the perfect weeknight meal. Lots of crisp veggies, succulent shrimp, fresh basil and a secret spice make this meal a favorite in our family!

This One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo is the perfect weeknight meal. Lots of crisp veggies, succulent shrimp, fresh basil and a secret spice make this meal a favorite in our family!  

Being a mom has been quite the adjustment. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is a beautiful thing. I have really become quite fond of my yoga pant uniform, milk stained t-shirts and the pure joy of fishing Cheerios out of my hair at the end of the night.  It’s the endless loads of laundry, piles of dishes, bottles that need washing, and a little girl that thinks my hip is the most important place in the world that get to me. It just doesn’t leave too much time for extravagant dinners. These days I find myself having to decide between showering or eating. Wanna take bets on which one wins? By the size of my thighs these days, I’m gonna have to say that isn’t a hard guess.

This One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo is the perfect weeknight meal. Lots of crisp veggies, succulent shrimp, fresh basil and a secret spice make this meal a favorite in our family!

All kidding aside, getting dinner on the table some nights is quite the mission. With that being said, my love of one pot meals has grown into a much needed obsession. There is nothing better than coming downstairs at 5′ o clock, throwing everything into a pot and than walking away, only to return to find that dinner has magically made itself. That my friends, is a thing of beauty.

This One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo is the perfect weeknight meal. Lots of crisp veggies, succulent shrimp, fresh basil and a secret spice make this meal a favorite in our family!

Shrimp and orzo are a match made in heaven. Seriously though. This combo is my fave! I love loading this dish with lots of veggies. This time I used squash, tomatoes and bell pepper but you could honestly use anything you have in your fridge. Often times I use asparagus and spinach because I always have them on hand. Fresh basil and real lemon juice are key in this dish. They bring out so much flavor, as does the lemon zest for an additional pop of flavor. My secret ingredient to this one pot shrimp orzo is the Old Bay seasoning. It mimics the flavor of good ol’ fashioned shrimp boils and it makes the whole kitchen smell absolutely amazing.

This One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo is the perfect weeknight meal. Lots of crisp veggies, succulent shrimp, fresh basil and a secret spice make this meal a favorite in our family!

If you don’t have orzo you can substitute any other kind of small sized pasta, although you may have to adjust the cooking time. I have been wondering if this recipe would work well with quinoa? If you try that, let me know how it is!

Cheers to Tuesday’s, milky t-shirts, and one pot shrimp orzo!


 

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One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo
 
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This One Pot Veggie Shrimp Orzo is the perfect weeknight meal. Lots of crisp veggies, succulent shrimp, fresh basil and a secret spice make this meal a favorite in our family!
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Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Onion, diced (about one small onion)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) Uncooked Orzo
  • 3½ Cups Chicken Broth
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 2 Teaspoons Old Bay
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Can (14.5 oz) Italian-Style Tomatoes
  • 1 Yellow Squash, chopped
  • 1 lb. Shrimp, divided and tails removed
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper, chopped (red or yellow)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
  • ½ Cup Feta Cheese, crumbled (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add in onion and garlic, sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the onions have become translucent. Add in the orzo and allow it to lightly brown for 1-2 minutes. Add in chicken broth, lemon, lemon zest, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, cover and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the broth has reduced down and the orzo is cooked throughout. Add in the tomatoes, squash, shrimp, bell pepper, and basil. Cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat until the shrimp is cooked throughout. Optional: Top with feta cheese crumbles.

 

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  1. says

    I remember those days, Mariah — now it’s straight up helping with homework, chauffering to practice, games, and yeah, tons of laundry still. 🙂 I need quick meals many nights of the week and this would be perfect — I love all the veggie goodness, orzo and shrimp!

  2. says

    Love your description of motherhood.. TRUTH! Except with boys its washing the “tee tee” off my arm because he can’t get it in the toilet! 🙁

    Totally in love with this dish Mariah, gorgeous photos and the recipe is incredible!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Hahaha ahhh I am not looking forward to those potty training moments but I can’t wait to be done with diapers!
      Somehow this motherhood thing is totally worth it though. 😉

  3. says

    Haha I love how you explain motherhood. It is right on spot! I am wearing yoga pants right now as I type this too! 🙂 Just wait until you have another child. It gets even harder and crazier. But the joy of watching them grow up and become their own person is awesome!! This one pot meal looks amazing! My hubby and son would love this. Pinned!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Yoga pants are basically my entire wardrobe lol
      That or athletic wear because it gives me an excuse of why I look a mess although truthfully I haven’t been to the gym in weeks! lol
      Thanks for pinning Cyndi!

  4. says

    Always pick eating over showering! Hey, we’re in a drought, it’s good for California! Haha! I love 1 pot meals. It’s like magic, dump in ingredients, heat, and a few minutes later dinner is ready! I can’t wait to try this : )

    And thanks for the giveaway!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Hahaha I never thought of it that way. Now I can tell my husband I didn’t shower on purpose for the good of our state 😉

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      You sure will! You are gonna start loving freezer meals and one pot dishes! Just wait and see 😉

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      OOHH I wish I would have gotten around to making homemade ravioli before I had Stella!
      Thanks for pinning Ashley!

  5. says

    Your shrimpies look so perfectly plump and cooked! Cheers to one pot dishes and an empty dishwasher. Oh and giiiirl shush about those thighs! But lesssbereal food > showers – always & forever.

  6. says

    Mariah this looks SO GOOD! Shrimp and orzo has always been one of my favorite combinations and unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a normal priced gluten-free orzo.. I may have to bite the bullet and pay the $6 for the teeny bag so that I can try this lol. You have me wondering about the quinoa, though – I’ll have to try that too!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Agh that is terrible! I feel like they price gluten free items so high simply because they know you can’t buy anything else. Supply and demand. It is really frustrating. Someone should create a budget friendly gluten free line! Amen? Amen!

  7. says

    Oh my word, you’re SO right!! Eating always wins over showering, hahaha! But it can really get hard with putting dinner on the table with a baby glued to your hip – especially if she wants to touch EVERYTHING! 😀 I love this recipe Mariah – so simple but soooo good!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Stella wants to touch everything now too and it is driving me crazy! She is obsessed with all things that she can’t have (cords, tv remotes, phones). She isn’t walking yet but I can only imagine what will come then…

  8. says

    Yoga pants, milk stains, and laundry. Yep! What a wonderful life… ahem. 😉 Mommyhood rocks just as much as this deliciousness before me. This is definitely my type of dinnah!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Not silly at all Kim. The shrimp is raw when added. It takes just a couple minutes to cook throughout.;-) Enjoy!

  9. Chyanne says

    Do you think you could substitute vegetables broth for the chicken broth? I don’t eat chicken nor do I put it’s broth in my food. This sounds really good other then that one ingredient. Please respond. Thank you. God bless!!!!!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Hi Chyanne! You could absolutely use vegetable broth, the measurements would be the same! Hope you enjoy!

  10. says

    An amazing looking and sounding dish, and I’m sure it’s every bit as delicious as it looks. My family loves shrimp, so I serve it every couple of weeks. I’m always looking for new shrimp recipes, and I’ll definitely try this one on Friday. Did you use fresh or frozen shrimp, since you didn’t mention ‘de-veining’ them…. only removing the tails. Even though I haven’t yet made this dish, I’m already giving it 5*s. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

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