Mediterranean-Style Shrimp and Orzo Casserole
Orzo works for more than just soups and pasta salad.
Why This Recipe Works
We decided to prepare our orzo pilaf-style for our shrimp and orzo casserole recipe, for deep flavor and creamy texture. To add solid flavor and a bit of bite to the otherwise tender-textured pilaf, we added red onions, red bell peppers, canned diced tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and saffron (for its sunny orange hue and warm flavor). Baking the shrimp in our shrimp and orzo casserole recipe on top of the pilaf only dried them out and turned them rubbery, but embedding the shrimp in the pilaf was a whole different story: We could cook the dish long enough for the flavors of the pilaf and shrimp to combine, and the orzo shielded the shrimp, preventing them from drying out.
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