This recipe sounds so elegant but is so easy to make. It requires almost no prep time and can be on the table in less than half an hour. It is the perfect keto-friendly, health-conscious dinner for a busy weeknight or a more upscale dinner with company.
Regular orzo is nearly pure carbohydrate, but Great Low-Carb Pasta - Orzo has only 7 grams of net carbs. It is keto-friendly, with 12 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein per serving. You can cook and use it like regular orzo. If you prefer, you can boil it in salted water instead of unsalted water.
The recipe is high in fat, perfect for a keto diet. It has butter, olive oil, heavy cream, and a generous dose of blue cheese. You can even add more blue cheese when you serve it for extra fat. Or, you can try sprinkling on some pine nuts as a garnish for some fat and crunch without adding a load of carbohydrates. The combination of creamy sauce and crunchy pine nuts is amazing!
Recipe for Keto Shrimp Orzo in Creamy Blue Cheese Wine Sauce
Makes 5 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 1 package of Great Low-Carb Pasta - Orzo
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 lb. of peeled and deveined shrimp
- 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, divided
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- ½ onion, chopped finely
- ⅓ cup of white wine or cooking sherry
- ½ cup of heavy cream
- ½ cup of blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 cup of fresh spinach leaves
- Salt to taste
- Optional garnishes: pine nuts, chopped parsley, diced chives, additional blue cheese crumbles
- Cook the Great Low-Carb Pasta - Orzo according to package instructions. Boil water, add the pasta, and cook it for about 8 minutes or until nearly al dente. Check it regularly to make sure it is not overcooked. Drain the orzo, rinse it in cool water to stop it from cooking, and set it aside.
- In a bowl, toss the shrimp with 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan. Add the shrimp. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring, until the shrimp are pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set them aside.
- Add the butter to the pan and heat it. Add the garlic and onion and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until translucent.
- Turn up the heat, add the wine to the pan, and bring it to a boil. Then turn it down and cook it for 3 minutes at a simmer. Add the heavy cream and salt and bring back to a simmer.
- Add the blue cheese, remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and spinach leaves.
- Add the orzo and shrimp back to the skillet and stir well.
- Plate and add any optional garnishes such as pine nuts, additional blue cheese crumbles, or chopped parsley.
- Serve and enjoy!