Creamy Lemon Shrimp & Orzo with Zucchini

Creamy Lemon Shrimp & Orzo

with Zucchini

20 MIN
12 SmartPoints®
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

For this flavorful dish, we’re combining tender orzo pasta with sautéed zucchini and plump shrimp, coated with a vibrant mix of Calabrian chile paste, briny capers, and garlic. It’s all brought together with a touch of smooth crème fraîche and fresh lemon juice.

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  • Calories
    470 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot with water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove and discard the tails. Place in a bowl. Add the chopped garlic, capers, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

Cook the zucchini:
3 Cook the zucchini:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer and cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Move the zucchini to one side of the pan.

Add the shrimp:
4 Add the shrimp:

Add the prepared shrimp to the other side of the pan. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked shrimp and zucchini, crème fraîche, and the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished shrimp and pasta garnished with the cheese and remaining lemon wedges. Enjoy! 

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot with water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove and discard the tails. Place in a bowl. Add the chopped garlic, capers, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

Cook the pasta:
Cook the zucchini:
3 Cook the zucchini:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer and cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Move the zucchini to one side of the pan.

4 Add the shrimp:

Add the prepared shrimp to the other side of the pan. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Add the shrimp:
Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked shrimp and zucchini, crème fraîche, and the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished shrimp and pasta garnished with the cheese and remaining lemon wedges. Enjoy! 

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