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Recipe for Shrimp Youvetsi – Greek Orzo with Shrimp

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Shrimp Youvetsi Recipe Ingredients:

Mussels:

  • 2 1/2 lbs shrimp
  • 1/4 cup butter (or dairy free butter)
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 sliced carrot
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  •  1 can crushed tomatoes (14oz)
  • 1/2 feta crumbles (If lenten, replace with dairy free cheese or do not use at all)
  • 4 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 3/4 cup Kasseri cheese (optional)

Directions to Make Greek Orzo and Shrimp :

Clean and rinse the shrimp. Put them in a small sauce pan and put enough water to just cover them. Steam them until just cooked. Take out the shrimp, keeping the water to use later in the recipe.

While the shrimp is cooking, fill a medium saucepan with about 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the orzo is al dente (cooked but still slightly firm). Drain the orzo and set aside.

Once the shrimp is done cooking, heat the butter in a pan and sautee the onions, green peppers and carrots till soft. Add the crushed tomato, the water from the shrimp and black pepper to taste. Boil over medium heat until the sauce thickens and the butter is completely incorporated.

Remove the above mixture from the heat and stir in the shrimp, feta, orzo and parsley. Add salt to taste if needed. (if not adding feta to the recipe you will need salt).

Put the shrimp and orzo mixture in a baking pan. Sprinkle black pepper and cayenne pepper on top as well as the Kasseri cheese (optional) and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. You are welcome to use mozzarella cheese in place of Kasseri cheese if desired. (Kasseri can be a little difficult to find).

** This recipe contains olive oil, so this recipe won’t be suited for a strict fast.

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