Mediterranean-style orzo with prawns

Coles ambassador and foodie Mary Kalifatidis shares her delicious recipe for orzo with prawns. Full of flavour, it’s perfect for entertaining.

6 as a starter


Note: + cooling time



  • 1 1/2 cups (330g) dried orzo (risoni)
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, chopped
  • 1 yellow capsicum, seeded, chopped
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1kg Coles Thawed Australian MSC* Raw Banana Prawns, peeled (from the deli)
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup (160g) mixed olives
  • 100g fetta, crumbled

Mustard dressing

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp Maldon Smoked Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbs white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar



Cook the orzo in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Refresh under cold water. Drain well.


Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Arrange the combined capsicum, eggplant and zucchini on the lined tray. Drizzle with 1 tbs of the oil and sprinkle with oregano. Season. Bake for 20 mins or until tender and golden brown. Set aside to cool.


Heat half the remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the prawns to the pan and cook, in batches, for 1-2 mins each side or until prawns curl and change colour. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Season.


Meanwhile, to make the mustard dressing, combine the oil, salt, oregano, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and vinegar in a screw-top jar and shake until well combined.


Place the orzo, capsicum mixture, prawns and parsley in a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to combine. Arrange on a serving platter. Sprinkle with olives and fetta.

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