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Shrimp And Orzo With Cherry Tomatoes And Romano Cheese

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup uncooked orzo
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup chopped vidalia or sweet onion
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup grated fresh pecorino romano cheese; (could sub parmesan)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

While pasta cooks, heat 1 T. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Sprinkle 1/2 t. of salt and 1/8 t. of black pepper evenly over shrimp.

Add shrimp to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until done.

Remove from pan.

Add remaining 1 T. olive oil to pan. Add onion, garlic and red pepper; cook 2 minutes stirring frequently.

Add tomatoes and cook 3 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta and shrimp; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.

Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 t. salt, 1/8 t. black pepper, cheese and basil.

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