Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Orzo

The most delicious and easiest Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Orzo! It’s the perfect healthy weeknight dinner for two. Simply made with garlic, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, shrimp, and fresh squeezed lemon juice sautéed in healthy olive oil. All mixed together with orzo and finished with spinach for a filling and yummy meal. This simple lemon shrimp orzo is made in under 30 minutes, uses just two pots (but, it really only uses one!), and is a great way to use healthy ingredients in a delicious way. It’s lemon-y, garlicky, packed with fresh spinach, and super simple. The best cozy dinner for two to enjoy any night of the week!

shrimp orzo in plate with forks, spinach leaves, pine nuts, and lemon wedges around

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About The Recipe

There’s nothing better to keep you warm during these colder winter months than a big bowl of pasta! Especially when that pasta is made just a little bit better for you. Yep, this Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Orzo is everything you’re going to need for weeknight dinners or even cozy weekends! There’s simply nothing better.

To be honest, we weren’t really sure sure what to post today. Actually, figuring out recipes for this month has been a bit of a challenge (though, the healthy brownies and banana donuts were so much fun!). We love sweets, obviously, but finding ways to make them a bit better for you really has been something we need to think about. We don’t really look at labels and calorie counts, but rather try to eat whole foods. Better for you fats, lighter proteins, whole grains, leafy greens, citrus, and so forth. With baking, it can be a little difficult finding ways to make it still taste DELICIOUS while also giving you some health benefits.

So, we decided to give ourselves a little bit of a break. Savory isn’t something we post often, but when we do, you all seem to love it! With today, we really had some options, but I think this orzo ended up feeling like the best fit. It’s healthy, but cozy…I mean, what’s better than a big bowl of pasta?

And, since we’re in the low 20’s here, cozy and healthy sounded like the perfect thing to make for dinner tonight!

fork inside shrimp orzo with glass of white wine, lemon wedges, and spinach leaves

This dish is actually a recipe my mom came up with a while ago. Like, beginning of December, if I remember right. Though, at the time, we didn’t have a single pine nut in the house. Nope.

So, with the lack of pine nuts, we used walnuts. We also used salted butter. The dish essentially was the exact same as this. It tasted SO good. We knew we had to make it again, but with the original ingredients she had in mind… Now, here we are!

Cozy, simple, and SO DELICIOUS!

Why You Should Make This Lemon Garlic Shrimp Orzo For Dinner Tonight

  • Uses really simple and minimal ingredients.
  • It’s healthier than a big bowl of plain pasta. It also has LOTS more flavor.
  • Tastes wonderful with a glass of white wine.
  • Works as a quick weeknight dinner or even on the weekends.
  • Ready in 30 minutes or LESS!
shrimp orzo and spinach in two plates with lemon, spinach leaves, and pine nuts around

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Orzo
  • Olive Oil
  • Pine Nuts
  • Chopped Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Medium Shelled & Deveined Shrimp
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Spinach
spinach, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, pine nuts, orzo, raw shrimp, and sun-dried tomatoes in bowls

How To Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp Orzo

Step 1: Make the orzo

Make the orzo according to packaging instructions. Drain and set aside.

orzo in colander

Step 2: Sauté

In a chefs pan or a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the pine nuts, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic. Sauté until pine nuts are lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.

Add the shrimp and sauté for another 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp is done. Add the lemon juice.

Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until wilted.

Step 3: Add orzo and serve

Mix in the orzo.

How To Store

If there are leftovers, you can store this shrimp orzo in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Substitutions

  • Avocado oil or butter may be used in place of the olive oil.
  • Want to make this dish vegan/vegetarian? Leave out the shrimp and use tofu!
  • Fresh tomato can be used instead of sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Walnuts can be used in place of the pine nuts.
  • Any pasta can be used.
side shot of shrimp orzo in two bowls with glass of wine, lemon wedges, and bowl of spinach behind

Expert Tips

  • Watch the pine nuts when sautéing them! You don’t want them to burn.
  • Do NOT overcook the shrimp. They can become rubbery.
  • Use fresh squeezed lemon juice and fresh minced garlic for the best flavor.

When you make this Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Orzo, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

shrimp orzo in plate with forks, spinach leaves, pine nuts, and lemon wedges around

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Orzo

Traci
The healthy-ish weeknight dinner for two you've been looking for! This Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Orzo is super simple to make, requires minimal ingredients, and tastes SO. GOOD.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 812 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup dried orzo
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pinenuts
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups baby spinach

Instructions

  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Set aside.
  • In a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil.
  • When hot, stir in pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic.
  • Cook, while stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp.
  • Cook until shrimp just starts to turn pink.
  • Stir in lemon juice.
  • Continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in spinach.
  • Stir in orzo.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 812kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 39gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 1050mgPotassium: 1310mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 6060IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 192mgIron: 5mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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