Spicy Shrimp, Cheesy Orzo and Roasted Green Beans

Spicy Shrimp, Cheesy Orzo and Roasted Green Beans
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 1/4 pounds green beans
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 pound chorizo or other spicy sausage, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp, deveined
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated manchego cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a generous handful)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the orzo and cook until al dente. Drain and transfer to a bowl.

While the pasta is working, preheat the oven to 400°. Spread the green beans on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Roast until browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 1 minute. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Season the shrimp with the paprika and add to the mixture. Add the tomatoes and cook until the shrimp are pink and firm, 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO, the cheese and parsley.

Serve the spicy shrimp with the orzo and green beans.