Seared Shrimp & Lemon-Caper Sauce with Orzo, Zucchini & Pepper
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Seared Shrimp & Lemon-Caper Sauce

with Orzo, Zucchini & Pepper

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

We’re giving juicy shrimp a bright lift by cooking them in the pan with a rich butter sauce that highlights fresh lemon juice and briny capers—an easy take on classic Italian piccata.
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Seared Shrimp & Lemon-Caper Sauce with Orzo, Zucchini & Pepper
Title
  • 10 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
  • 4 oz Orzo Pasta
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika & Whole Dried Parsley)
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Verjus Rouge
  • 1 Bell Pepper
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Quarter lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.

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 vegetables
3 Cook the vegetables

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini pieces and sliced pepper in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta and stir to combine. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the shrimp & sauce
4 Cook the shrimp & sauce

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 a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add the butter, capers, verjus (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), the juice of 2 lemon wedges, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are coated, opaque, and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta and vegetables, add the mascarpone and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked shrimp and sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Quarter lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.

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 vegetables
3 Cook the vegetables

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini pieces and sliced pepper in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta and stir to combine. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the shrimp & sauce

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 a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add the butter, capers, verjus (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), the juice of 2 lemon wedges, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are coated, opaque, and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

Cook the shrimp & sauce
Finish the pasta & serve your dish
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta and vegetables, add the mascarpone and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked shrimp and sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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