One Pot Shrimp and Orzo

All you need is one pan and 20 minutes to make this quick and easy One Pot Shrimp and Orzo dinner recipe. It’s full of flavor and cleanup is a breeze!

Thanks to the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and Pasta Fits for sponsoring this post.

Hi Friends!

I’m back with another delicious pasta recipe for you! I’m working with Pasta Fits this fall to share some delicious pasta recipes and show you how it can fit into a healthy diet. It’s a great way to add protein and a fiber and it’s the perfect vehicle for delivering lean meats, veggies and a nutritious sauce straight to your mouth! In case you missed the first recipe, be sure to check out my Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Peas!

This month we’re celebrating the fact that October is National Pasta Month! We all know I’m a huge pasta fan, but growing up I tended to stick to the same few kinds- spaghetti, shells and elbows. That was about it. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I expanded my pasta horizons and tried orzo! I was instantly hooked! I love the shape, how quickly it cooks, etc.

My goal for this month was to create a one pot meal. I didn’t want to make one using spaghetti noodles because I feel like there are so many of those out there. Instead I chose orzo and set out to make a dish that kinda resembled risotto without all the constant stirring.

It worked perfectly! This is a one dish wonder. The orzo cooks right in the pan in some broth and then you add the shrimp during the last few minutes so they end up perfectly cooked and not overdone! Finish it off with some goat cheese for added creaminess and you’ve got a real winner in my book.

So here’s how you make it:


One Pot Shrimp and Orzo

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All you need is one pan and 20 minutes to make this quick and easy One Pot Shrimp and Orzo dinner recipe. It’s full of flavor and cleanup is a breeze!

  • Author: Lindsay L
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup leeks, thinly sliced (or diced onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup orzo, uncooked
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and devined
  • 2 oz goat cheese


  1. Melt butter in a sautepan over medium heat.
  2. Add leeks and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add orzo, green beans, broth and seasonings.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Add shrimp and goat cheese and cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired

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You could leave out the goat cheese, but it adds a nice flavor. Feel free to change up the veggies too if green beans aren’t your thing. You could try broccoli or something like that. I was going to add a couple handfuls of fresh spinach at the end as well, but I was out and I was too lazy to go to the store 🙂

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