My favorite place to buy shrimp is not a specialty seafood store, or even the fabulous seafood counter at our local supermarket. Nope, the only place I will buy shrimp is…Costco. Because the shrimp from Costco is simply and reliably the most delicious I have ever tasted. However, Costco being Costco, you can only buy it in giant bags, which is no problem for me. It comes frozen, so I break it up into smaller portions, pop them in freezer bags and keep it in the freezer for the next time I get a hankering to make shrimp for dinner. And not wanting EVER to be without shrimp in the freezer, I guess I bought one too many bags, because recently the Southern husband mentioned that there was no room in the freezer for anything else because it was Full Of Shrimp. So I kicked my shrimp-recipe-making into high gear, and that is how this shrimp marinara soup came to be.
The other reason is that it was about 2 degrees outside that day, and the only thing I hate more than being out of shrimp is having to go outside when it is freezing cold. So I rummaged around in my kitchen and found a hunk of feta cheese, some orzo and a jar of really nice marinara sauce, and the wheels started to turn.
I mixed up a combination of chicken broth and wine (because you KNOW I always have wine in the house) and cooked the orzo up in that until it was nice and tender. Then I added the marinara sauce and some chopped up shrimp, and simmered it all up until the shrimp was nice and tenderly cooked.
All that was left to do at that point was ladle it into bowls and garnish the whole thing with a handful of crumbled feta cheese, some chopped parsley (another thing I always always have) and a grinding of fresh pepper.
One bag of shrimp down. 15 (I am not kidding) more to go…Print
Shrimp, marinara sauce and orzo meet up with feta cheese in this simple and satisfying soup recipe.
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 cups chicken broth (I like the Pacific and Imagine brands)
- 1/2 cup orzo pasta
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Fresh chopped parsley
- Fresh ground pepper
- Put the wine and broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook until done, about 7 minutes.
- Add marinara sauce and shrimp and simmer until shrimp is cooked through, another 2 minutes or so.
- Ladle into warmed bowls, garnish with cheese, parsley and a generous grinding of pepper and serve.
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