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Spicy Cajun Shrimp with Onions, Peppers and Orzo

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

Spice up your meal with a Cajun shrimp and orzo dish that will wake up your taste buds! This unexpected pasta recipe has lots of flavor and only requires a few fresh, simple ingredients.


  • 4 ounces orzo
  • 2 tablespoons/1 ounce vegetable oil
  • 1 cup/4 ounces red bell pepper, medium dice
  • 1 cup/4 ounces green bell pepper, medium dice
  • 1 cup/4 ounces yellow onion, medium dice
  • 24 each/8 ounces medium shrimp
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo according to package directions.
  2. Drain and reserve.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the oil, red pepper, green pepper, and yellow onion. Cook until softened (about 3 minutes).
  5. Add the shrimp and sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over the contents of the pan. Continue to cook, stirring until the shrimp is just about cooked through (about 2 minutes).
  6. Add the orzo and 2 – 4 tablespoons water to deglaze the pan and cook the shrimp the rest of the way through. Stir well to coat the orzo.
  7. Serve immediately or let cool and serve at room temperature.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): National Pasta Association

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