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Ottolenghi’s Orzo with Prawns, Tomato and Marinated Feta

Yotam Ottolenghi's easy recipe for Orzo with Prawns, Tomato and Marinated Feta is the ideal quick weeknight pasta supper, made with simple ingredients that come together to create a mouthwatering summer dish.

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Yotam Ottolenghi


The combination of prawns, feta, tomatoes and pasta is one that I love. I return to it time and again, for easy one-pot suppers. Orzo is the little pasta that comes in the shape of rice. It’s easy to eat a lot of and widely available. If you start with prawns in their shell then keep a few heads on, for the look. The marinated feta is lovely dotted over salads, so I tend to make a batch to keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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200g feta, broken into 1–2cm pieces
½ tsp chilli flakes
4 tsp fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
75ml olive oil
250g orzo
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 strips finely shaved orange skin
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
500ml vegetable stock
400g raw shell-off prawns
30g basil leaves, roughly shredded
Salt and black pepper

Essential kit

You will need: a large sauté pan with a lid.

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1. In a medium bowl, mix the feta with ¼ teaspoon of the chilli flakes, 2 teaspoons of the fennel seeds and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Set aside while you cook the orzo.

2. Place a large sauté pan, for which you have a lid, on a medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, orzo, ⅛ teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper. Fry for 3–4 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden-brown, then remove from the pan and set aside.

3. Return the pan to the same heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, ¼ teaspoon of chilli flakes and 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, the garlic and the orange skin. Fry for 1 minute, until the garlic starts to lightly brown, then add the tomatoes, stock, 200ml of water, ¾ teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper. Cook for 2–3 minutes, or until boiling, then stir in the fried orzo. Cover, then lower the heat to medium low and leave to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout so the orzo is cooked. Remove the lid and cook for a further 1–2 minutes, until the consistency is like a risotto. Stir in the prawns for 2–3 minutes until they are pink and cooked. Stir in the basil and serve at once, with the marinated feta sprinkled on top.

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