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Orzo Pasta with Shrimp, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Artichokes

Lovely and flavorful Orzo pasta recipe with Shrimp, artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes. Perfect for both a weeknight meal and a fancy occasion! Have this dinner ready in 35 minutes. 

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 12 oz can marinated artichokes hearts
  • 1/4 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon dried or fresh basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, cut in chunks
  • 1 pound raw fresh shrimp (or frozen and thawed, pat dry to remove moisture)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (2 tablespoons for cooking shrimp 2 tablespoons for sauce)
  • 1 box 454 g. Orzo pasta (Barilla brand)
  • Coarse sea salt for pasta water
  • Salt for seasoning


  1. In a large serving bowl add the marinated artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, and 2 tablespoons olive oil, mix until combined. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the orzo and cook according to "al dente" directions (about 9 minutes). When the orzo is cook reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water and add in to the bowl of artichokes and other ingredients.
  3. Drain the Orzo and add it to the serving bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Gently toss to combine. Cover with a lid and let marinate until the shrimp are cooked.
  4. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic. Add the shrimp one at a time (without overcrowding the pan or they will boil). You may cook them in two batches
  5. Cook the shrimp on high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. This gets a nice sear on the shrimp. Depending on shrimp size you may need a little more or a little less time. Make sure they are cooked all the way through and have a pink color.
  6. Add the shrimp and garlic to the top of the prepared pasta.
  7. Sprinkle with extra basil and serve!


Serve warm or cold! Excellent as leftovers

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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