Tue 16 Dec 2008
Baked Orzo with Seafood and Feta
3/4 cup orzo pasta (1 3/4 cups cooked)
1 pound halibut, fillet or steak
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 medium cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs, crushed
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 pound cooked baby shrimp
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 (4 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese seasoned
with basil and dried tomatoes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add
the orzo, stirring well, and cook
according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Remove the skin and any bones from the halibut; cut into 1 inch
pieces and set aside.
Heat the oil in a 10 to 12inch ovenproof skillet over
Put the onion into the pan and
sauté 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Pour the
tomatoes and broth into the pan and stir
in the sugar, herbs, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the
heat and simmer, uncovered, 10
minutes. Stir often. (The sauce can be made a day in advance. Cool,
cover and refrigerate. Reheat
before continuing with the next step.)
Remove the pan from the heat. Stir the orzo and halibut into the
sauce. Cover and bake 8 minutes.
Gently fold the shrimp and parsley into the pan and sprinkle the
feta on top. Continue baking,
uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes, until the sauce is bubbly and the
halibut is cooked through. Let sit 5
minutes before serving.
NOTE: A 7 ounce pouch of water packed tuna can replace the
halibut and shrimp in this recipe.
Following the instructions in step 4, add the tuna to the sauce with
the orzo. Bake 8 minutes covered,
then uncover and continue baking 8 to 10 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.