Yes, sometimes I cheat. Risotto is really time consuming and just like you, I hardly ever have enough time in a day to do all that I do. So, I came up with a quick solution to satisfy my Italian cravings and it taste so darn good! Of course, I use total moderation with the ingredients; each serving only gets a sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano and 3 very tasty shrimps. I serve it with fresh roasted beets and my trade signature side, avocado. You don’t need that much per plate but you have to be bold with your flavors to make it work. If you try it you will love it to.
Total Time: Between 20-25 Minutes
Approximate cost: Under $15.00 or $3.75 per serving
12 medium to large shrimp
1 ½ tbsp. Angie’s Dry Rub Seasoning (see my link below)
1 cup of Orzo
3 ½ cups of Beef Stock (plus more if needed)
5 large cloves of garlic, chopped
½ large onion, chopped
1 Shallot, chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ cup of Parmigiano Reggiano
Roasted Beets (see my link below)
Clean and season your shrimp with 1 tbsp. dry rub 1 tbsp. olive oil. Refrigerate.
In a sauté pan over medium, add the shrimp with its olive oil.
Briefly sauté the shrimp for under 1 minute not 100% cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add to the pan and sauté the onion, garlic and shallot until transparent.
Add to the onions the 1 cup of Orzo, ½ tbsp. dry rub and sauté until glossy and toasty.
Carefully, start adding the beef stock in small portions at a time. Stir.
Keep adding more stock and stir until the Orzo begins to dry, the grain is soft and the consistency is creamy. (You may need more or less beef stock than what my recipe calls for, since each stove heat is different.) The final dish is creamy and glossy not dry at all.
Add the shrimp, ¼ of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, stir until all is warm and serve immediately.
When serving, sprinkle each dish with more cheese and scallions.
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