Garlic Shrimp & Pesto Barley with Corn & Tomatoes
Chef Sam Kass

Garlic Shrimp & Pesto Barley

with Corn & Tomatoes

35 MIN
4 Servings
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    We've partnered with public health advocate and chef Sam Kass to bring you recipes that showcase just how easy (and delicious) balanced eating can be. For dynamic texture and flavor, we're loading barley with toothsome corn and fresh tomatoes, the perfect bed for simply seared shrimp.
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    Garlic Shrimp & Pesto Barley with Corn & Tomatoes
    Title
    • 18 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
    • 4 ears Of Corn
    • ¾ cup Pearled Barley
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
    • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
    • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • 1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika & Whole Dried Parsley)
    • 1 bunch Chives
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    Cook the barley
    1 Cook the barley

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    Prepare the ingredients
    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove any husks and silks from the corn; cut the kernels off the cobs. Thinly slice the chives. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn kernels in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned (be careful, as the corn may pop as it cooks). Add the halved tomatoes and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and the liquid has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm.Wipe out the pan. 

    Cook the shrimp
    4 Cook the shrimp

    Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails, if desired). Place in a bowl; season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Finish the barley & serve your dish
    5 Finish the barley & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked barley, add the pesto and cooked vegetables. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished barley topped with the cooked shrimp. Garnish with the sliced chives. Enjoy!

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    Cook the barley
    1 Cook the barley

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove any husks and silks from the corn; cut the kernels off the cobs. Thinly slice the chives. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

    Prepare the ingredients
    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn kernels in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned (be careful, as the corn may pop as it cooks). Add the halved tomatoes and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and the liquid has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm.Wipe out the pan. 

    4 Cook the shrimp

    Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails, if desired). Place in a bowl; season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Cook the shrimp
    Finish the barley & serve your dish
    5 Finish the barley & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked barley, add the pesto and cooked vegetables. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished barley topped with the cooked shrimp. Garnish with the sliced chives. Enjoy!

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