Two easy recipes you should try

It’s been so nice to have a little more time to cook lately. Harper likes to watch me cook, but she only stays entertained so long. So I’m trying to stick to recipes that can come together in about a half hour. Last week I tried some new ones, and I wanted to share them because they turned out great.

First up: tomato, mozzarella, and basil orzo, found on Sweet Paul.

It might be a little early for such a summer-y dish, but oh well. Basically, you saute up some red onions, then add in the orzo to toast for a minute.

Then you ladle in homemade stock and let it cook down, just like you would if you were making risotto.

Finally you add in chunks of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

The mozzarella gets all melty and yummy.

We used some of the leftover cheese to make salads.

Orzo doesn’t take as long to cook as risotto (maybe 20 minutes), so this dish came together really quickly. I will definitely make it again.

The second dish was Pioneer Woman’s spicy shrimp. It might be one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made.

Basically you just put some shrimp in a pan and add a little of this and a little of that (including as much hot sauce as you like),

then cover it with pats of butter and cook it under the broiler.

I did have to scale down the recipe (3 pounds of shrimp was a bit much for two people), but the full recipe would be great to serve to a group.

This time it was just me and my lovely assistants.

The shrimp comes out with a tasty sauce that you can sop up with toasted bread slices.

We added salad, too.

The only downside is that as fast as this recipe is to cook, it takes a really long time to peel all those shells and eat it. With a baby, eating time is definitely a factor. So maybe in the future I could make it with already-shelled shrimp.

A couple days later I discovered that leftover orzo was really good combined with leftover shrimp. So maybe these two would be good together one night!