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Chorizo and Prawn Orzo

Chorizo and Prawn Orzo

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Serves: 4

Try this simple orzo recipe with chorizo and prawns for a speedy twist on a classic Spanish paella. Orzo is a small Italian pasta shaped similar to a long, fat grain of rice. You can use it in place of rice in risottos, salads and your favourite pasta dishes, as well as here in a cheat’s paella.  In this recipe we’ve added crispy chorizo, juicy prawns and sweet roasted baby tomatoes. Ready in 35 minutes, this is an ideal, flavourful midweek meal to serve the family. Looking for more chorizo recipes? Look no further.

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  • 325g baby plum tomatoes
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 250g chorizo, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, diced
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 350g orzo
  • 165g raw king prawns
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. Place the tomatoes onto a baking tray and drizzle over 1 tsp oil, vinegar and some seasoning. Roast for 10 mins.

Step 2

Into a large frying pan over a high heat add 1 tsp oil and diced chorizo. Fry for 2-3 mins until turning crispy.

Step 3

Add the onion, garlic and chilli and fry for a further 2 mins. Stir through the chicken stock then add in the orzo. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10-12 mins or until the orzo is cooked but still al dente and the stock is fully absorbed. Add more water if the orzo isn’t cooked to your liking and needs a little longer.

Step 4

While the orzo simmers, add the prawns to a separate frying pan with the remaining oil and fry for a couple of mins until they turn pink and are cooked through. Add to the orzo pan along with the roasted tomatoes and gently stir to combine.

Step 5

Add the chopped basil and some seasoning, cook for a minute more, then serve.

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