Easy Peasy Orzo & Shrimp To Impress Your Crush

It starts in the very pit of your stomach, like a small fire was lit within and your body warms at the thought of them. The butterflies in your tummy are causing unbearable turbulence that make your cheeks burn with blush and ache with permanent smiles. You didn’t expect it, you didn’t set out to feel like this, but your body, mind and soul have now been caught up in the unforgiving grasp of a hard crush. You have now reverted back to high school, giggles and all, succumbing to the euphoric feelings of the whispering beginnings of love. 

What better way to impress your crush, than to create a luscious meal in the comforts of your own home. Light some candles, pour some wine and get this fool- proof dish served up with a side of witty repartee. Just don’t forget to do the damned dishes and tidy up before your crush gets there, a clean house means more usable surfaces for… um… arts and crafts? Yep, let’s stick with that.


serves 2
1/3 cup olive oil 
1/3 lb. orzo pasta
1 lb.  medium tiger shrimp (16-18 count) peeled, deveined
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 large zucchini (medium dice)
1/2 cup red onion (finely sliced)
salt and pepper to taste
splash olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 large lemon
splash white wine (optional)
1/2 cup fresh dill (chopped)
1/3 cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup green onions (minced)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan shavings for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Fill a large pot with water, add one tablespoon of salt and a splash of olive oil, and bring the water to a boil. 

Add the orzo and follow instructions on the box, stirring occasionally, until it’s cooked al dente. 
Drain and pour into a large bowl. Stir in olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. 
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together shrimp, garlic, zucchini, onion, lemon, wine, salt and pepper.
Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer on a sheet pan. Roast for 10 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through and veggies are slightly golden. Don’t overcook!
Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil to make a vinaigrette.
Add the shrimp and veggies to the orzo with the herbs and vinaigrette, toss to combine.
Garnish dish with parmesan shavings. 
Can be served hot or cold.