Sunday, April 3, 2011

Recipe: Scrumptious Shrimp Pasta (2 ways!)

We love shrimp pasta at our house. We have it once a week and it's typically on Sunday night. I usually do the pasta and the hubby usually does the shrimp. This way not only are we spending time together, but he also cooks shrimp way better than me. He has some special way of making it crispy and the taste is better. I have two main ways that I like to do the pasta and I'm going to post both of them here.

Option 1: Simple Shrimp Pasta



Ingredients:

-Whole Wheat pasta (any style, we like basic spaghetti)
-1 can diced tomatoes with garlic, basil, and oregano (like this one)
-.5-1 lb fresh shrimp (or you can use frozen shrimp, but fresh obviously tastes better)
-Butter (amount is your discretion)
-Garlic Salt

Preparation:
-Boil water and add pasta; cook as directed on box
-Add whole can of diced tomatoes to a small sauce pan; set on low-medium heat to warm up
-Remove tails from shrimp if they are present
-Add butter to frying pan, enough to cover bottom, on medium heat
-Add shrimp to pan and begin to sauté. 
-Add garlic salt to one side (add to other side when you flip) 
-Let the shrimp cook about 3-4 minutes on each side.
-Add the shrimp and diced tomatoes to the pasta
-Voila!

Option 2: Oil and Vinegar Shrimp Pasta (This is good without the shrimp as well!)
(Based off of a recipe from Kitchen Daily)



Ingredients:
-Whole Wheat Pasta (~8 oz)
-Shrimp
-2 cups broccoli florets
-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
-2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
-6 Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
-1 clove garlic
-1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
(The rest of these ingredients I usually omit, but you can do whatever you like!)
-8 oz each red and yellow tomatoes, diced
-8 oz mozzarella cheese, diced
-1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
-1 cup fresh basil leaves, stacked and cut in narrow strips
-Parmesan cheese, optional

Preparation:
-Boil water and add pasta, cook as directed
-Stir in broccoli for the last minute of cooking time for pasta
-Drain pasta and broccoli, rinse under running cold water until cool and set aside
-Whisk oil, vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl
-Add tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olives and shrimp (if using) to cooled pasta
-Toss to mix and coat
-Sprinkle with basil and parmesan

So as usual, adjust these to what you like and what you have available! Most of us don't have much time so that's why I like to take recipes and make them much more simple. Such as the second one, to save even more time I use the frozen broccoli that you steam in the microwave instead of having to chop and boil fresh broccoli. Then I just add the broccoli to the pasta, oil, vinegar and sun dried tomatoes, etc. and you have a meal!

Let me know your thoughts and if you try one of these recipes!

2 comments:

  1. This looks good. I am going to try this. We love pasta. And anytime you want to cook at my house, you are welcome.

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  2. It's really good! :) I'll make some tofu for Terry :) LOL!

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