Scallops with orzo

As the week wears on and you get progressively more tired (if you are like me), you need easier dinners.  This is quick to fix, doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and only needs minimal prep time.  Those qualities make it a good candidate for a weeknight dinner!

Seared scallops with orzo

  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 TB chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 TB butter
  • 1/4 lb large sea scallops per person
  • salt and pepper
Heat 1 TB of olive oil over medium heat.  Saute shallot until soft.  Add orzo and cook stirring about 2 minutes.  Add chicken stock and cook over medium high heat, stirring regularly about 15 minutes until stock has been absorbed.  Add lemon zest and parsley.  Stir in butter and remove from heat.
In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 Tb of olive oil.  Rinse and dry scallops and season with salt and pepper.  Sear over medium heat about 2 minutes per side.
Place a serving of orzo on each plate and top with scallops.  Serve.

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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