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Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo with Paprika Prawns

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This Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo with Paprika Prawns is a perfect summery lunch/dinner recipe. Ready in under 25 minutes and so delicious.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
£1.56 per portion
Makes: 4
mains
Italian
Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo, Orzo with Prawns, Paprika Prawns, Sweetcorn Orzo

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  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to make this recipe

Why this recipe works

 

Creamy Orzo and paprika prawns

For anyone left confused, Orzo is a rice shaped pasta which resembles but should not be confused with barley. Recipes with Orzo vary as much as those with pasta. Our Orzo recipe is light yet creamy, with a tangy kick perfect for a summer lunch! This dish offers fibre from the sweetcorn and antioxidants from the coriander not to mention the numerous vitamins and minerals from the prawns! This orzo recipe takes 25 minutes to make and costs £1.56 per potion. It requires minimum prep time as you don’t need to chop up lots of vegetables and it can easily be scaled up when cooking for more people. Garnish with a squeeze of lime and sprinkle of paprika to give it that extra zing.

Ingredients

How to make this recipe

Add the chopped onion and half of the oil into a large non-stick saucepan. Saute the onions for around 5 – 6 minutes until translucent, adding the minced garlic to fry for the last few minutes. You don’t want to burn the garlic! Season with salt.

Chopped onions sautéing in frying pan

Then add the frozen sweetcorn, orzo and stock into the pan. Bring up to a low simmer (this may take a bit of time due to the frozen corn) and set a timer for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Orzo and sweetcorn add to the pan

Now to prepare the defrosted prawns. Place them on a paper towel to absorb any moisture and pat dry. Add to a bowl and then coat with the paprika, the remaining oil and a pinch of salt.

Raw king prawns in bowl with seasoning mixed in
In a separate non-stick frying pan, increase the heat to high and fry the prawns on each side for around 2 minutes.

Prawns frying in pan and moved with tongs

When the orzo is cooked and the stock has absorbed and formed a sauce, turn off the heat and add the creme fraiche, lime juice and coriander. Stir and season with salt and pepper.

Creme fraiche added with chopped coriander to orzo with prawns in pan

Serve the creamy sweetcorn orzo with a portion of prawns and a handful of chopped coriander. Add an extra squeeze of lime to taste.
Orzo, sweetcorn and prawns served on a plate with some wedges of lime and coriander

 

Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo with Paprika Prawns

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4.62 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
£1.56 per portion
mains
Italian
Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo, Orzo with Prawns, Paprika Prawns, Sweetcorn Orzo
Servings: 4
This Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo with Paprika Prawns is a perfect summery lunch/dinner recipe. Ready in under 25 minutes and so delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced (£0.09)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (£0.69/3)=(£0.23)
  • 300 g orzo (£0.65)
  • 500 g frozen sweetcorn (£1.00/2)=(£0.50)
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche (£1.10/£0.37)
  • 400 g raw/frozen king prawns, defrosted (£5.25)
  • ½ lime, juiced (£0.20)
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped (£0.50)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 800 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika

Method

  • Start by adding the onion and half of the oil into a large non-stick saucepan. Season with salt and saute until translucent, adding the garlic half way, for around 6 minutes.
  • Next, add the orzo, frozen sweetcorn and stock into the pan. Bring up to a low simmer (this may take a bit of time due to the frozen corn) and set a timer for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, pat the defrosted prawns dry with a paper towel and add to a bowl. Coat with the paprika, remaining oil and a pinch of salt. In a separate non-stick frying pan, increase the heat to high and fry the prawns on each side for 2 minutes.
  • When the orzo is cooked and the stock has absorbed and formed a sauce, turn off the heat and add the creme fraiche, lime juice and coriander. Stir and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the creamy sweetcorn orzo with a portion of prawns and an extra sprinkle of coriander. Add an extra squeeze of lime to taste.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 9g
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories: 440kcal
Carbohydrates: 31g
Protein: 25g

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