Getting Creative In The Kitchen

Ryan and I were watching Hell’s Kitchen the other night, and one of the prospective chefs was, of course, messing up Gordon Ramsey’s famous Risotto, when my husband turned to me and said, “Oh my gosh, can you make that this for dinner?!”

This is kind of unusual because he typically doesn’t request things, just eats whatever is in front of him, but he does love a good seafood Risotto so who am I to deny him of that?  His stipulation however, was that he wanted a risotto type dish, made with his favorite grain, orzo.

Simple enough, but the premise of risotto is to slow cook the rice, which obviously gives a pretty intense flavor. So I got to thinking…how I could make a similar dish, that contained the same creamy, savory, taste?

Risotto lovers out there, this MAY NOT be the recipe for you, but I tried to get a little creative kitchen and make a dinner including all Ryan’s favorites.

Celebrating Summer “Risotto”

Serves 2 Very Hungry Husbands!

Takes Approximately 45 Minutes (including chopping)

What You Need:

  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • 1 small zucchini sliced
  • Handful of baby carrots chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • About half a teaspoon of Garlic Gold Nuggets (
  • A few shakes of oregano
  • Pam or a drizzle of olive oil
  • A half a box of orzo
  • 4-5 cups of chicken broth
  • 10 oz peeled jumbo shrimp
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Quarter cup of parmesan cheese (more for sprinkling if you prefer)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees convection

2. Slice the tomatoes as you like and sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon of Garlic Gold and some Oregano…throw them in the oven to roast for about thirty minutes.

3. Cook the orzo according to instructions on the box, EXCEPT, use chicken broth rather than water for boiling.

4. Spray a large pan with PAM (or use olive oil if you like) and cook all your veggies to personal preference (we are a bit of a crunchy family)…Once they are finished put them in a bowl to the side to cool.

5. In the same pan, put the shrimp, chicken broth, and remaining Garlic Gold, all together to simmer…remove the shrimp when pink and ready, but SAVE the broth.

6. Put all the prepared ingredients together in a large bowl (Shrimp, veggies, orzo and saved broth)

7. Add the butter and cheese

8. Remove roasted tomatoes from the oven and stir them into your orzo mix…they should be coming apart from the roasting process…

9. Salt and Pepper to taste, sprinkle some more Garlic Gold and cheese if you like, and EAT, EAT, EAT!

Like I said, this is not an authentic Italian dish by any means, but I used what I had, and it turned out pretty well!

I hope you guys enjoy!

What are some of your “throw together” recipes???


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