Roasted Shrimp and Orzo Pasta

This roasted shrimp and orzo pasta dish is so refreshing and perfect for when the temperature heats up.  I found this {recipe} on Cupcakes and Cashmere a few years ago and it has been a staple in our household ever since.
This dish is another wonderful Ina Garten recipe and simple to make.  Check out the recipe {here}, and below with a few Tara tweaks.
Kosher salt
Good olive oil about 1/3  of olive oil (1/2 for the lemon dressing the rest to brush on shrimp)
3/4 pound orzo pasta (rice-shaped pasta) an entire box of orzo pasta!
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)  1 cup of lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds (16 to 18 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts
1 cup chopped fresh dill
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and medium-diced
1/2 cup small-diced red onion
3/4 pound good feta cheese, large diced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it’s cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.

Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I added some random spices from the pantry! Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Don’t overcook!

Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.

This dish is delicious! Enjoy!

 {Feta! my favorite!}
 {Al dente orzo pasta}
{chopped cucumber}
 {shrimp pre oven}
 {mix it all up}
 {all done!}
{Bon Appetite!}
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