Baked Shrimp, Feta, and Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta

Baked Shrimp, Feta, and Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta

I finally jumped on the trendy baked feta pasta train, and I must say, I’m happy to be on it. I’ve seen the videos floating around for over a year now, and I can’t believe it took me so long to give it a go. This dish is usually made with tomatoes baked with feta, but my partner and I aren’t the biggest tomato fans. We are however currently on a butternut squash kick, hence Baked Shrimp, Feta, and Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta was born. The sweet butternut squash pairs so well with the tangy feta cheese. Add a bit of spinach for greenery and perfectly cooked shrimp for protein.

Shrimp & Feta Pasta- Must Love Garlic

Shrimp & Feta Pasta Ingredients:

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  • Block Feta Cheese
  • Butternut Squash– if you haven’t had butternut squash, think if pumpkin and a sweet potato had a love child. When roasted, it has the soft texture of pumpkin and the sweet delicate flavor of sweet potato.
  • Shallot– sliced
  • Garlic– minced
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Shrimp– large peeled and deveined
  • Dry Orzo Pasta
  • Fresh Spinach
Shrimp & Feta Pasta- Must Love Garlic

Equipment Needed:

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Knife
Cutting Board
9×13 Casserole Dish
Large Pot
Strainer

How to Make Shrimp & Feta Pasta:

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Toss cubed butternut squash and sliced shallot in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Add vegetable mixture to a 9×13 casserole dish. Make a bit of room in the center and add block of feta cheese. Bake vegetables and cheese for 35-40 minutes until squash is roasted and tender and feta cheese has softened.
  • Meanwhile, cook orzo pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo pasta and simmer for 7-10 minutes until desired tenderness is reached. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain the rest.
  • Once squash and cheese have roasted, remove from oven and stir to combine softened cheese with vegetables. Top with shrimp and put back into the oven for 6-8 minutes until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Internal temperature of shrimp should reach at least 120F.
  • Remove dish from oven and stir in fresh spinach and orzo pasta. Add a splash of pasta water, and stir to combine. If mixture is too thick, add more pasta water.
  • Plate and devour.
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Baked Shrimp, Feta, and Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta

Baked Shrimp, Feta, and Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta: sweet butternut squash paired with tangy feta cheese, a bit of spinach for greenery, and perfectly cooked shrimp.
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • 9×13 Casserole Dish
  • Large Pot
  • Strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz block feta cheese
  • 4 cups butternut squash cubed
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Toss cubed butternut squash and sliced shallot in olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Add mixture to a 9×13 casserole dish. Make a bit of room in the center and add block of feta cheese. Bake vegetables and cheese for 35-40 minutes until squash is roasted and tender and feta cheese has softened.
  • Meanwhile, cook orzo pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo pasta and simmer for 7-10 minutes until desired tenderness is reached. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain the rest.
  • Once vegetables and cheese have roasted, remove from oven and stir to combine softened cheese with vegetables. Top with shrimp and put back into the oven for 6-8 minutes until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Internal temperature should reach at least 120F.
  • Remove dish from oven and stir in fresh spinach and orzo pasta. Add a splash of pasta water, and stir to combine. If mixture is too thick, add more pasta water.
  • Plate and devour.
Keyword butternut squash, easy dinner, feta, one pan dinner, one pan meal, orzo pasta, shrimp

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