Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stove Top Shrimp and Pasta

Sometimes I want a quick and easy dinner, but I want it to be delicious.  When I'm looking for quick and easy I often turn to frozen shrimp as the foundation for the dinner.  For this stove top shrimp and pasta dinner I used frozen, uncooked, cleaned and shelled shrimp.  All I needed to do was count the number of shrimp I need to defrost.  I counted to 30...for four servings (of 31-40 count per pound shrimp).   How easy is that?

When I say this is easy, I mean E-A-S-Y.  Really, friends, I promise.  This meal is so easy you won't believe it. It is so easy you could even cook it on a hot plate!  Let's get to it, shall we?

Easy Stove Top Shrimp and Pasta
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Shrimp and pasta ingredients
Shrimp and Pasta Ingredients
Serves 4
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 pound shrimp
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • 3/4 pound linguine

Measure out all your ingredients and have them ready by the stove.  This meal comes together very quickly so everything must be ready to go ahead of time.  Cook your pasta in salted water for half the time directed on the package.

Start making the sauce when you put your pasta in the water to begin cooking.  Put the olive oil in a large skillet (with a cover) over medium heat.  Add the crushed red pepper and garlic.  Cook for one minute, watching to be careful the garlic doesn't brown.

Simmer the Garlic, White Wine, Tomatoes, and Parsley

Add the white wine and cook for one minute more.  Add the diced tomatoes, salt, black pepper and chopped parsley.  Cook together uncovered until the pasta is done (half the time on the package).   Drain the pasta.  Add the shrimp to the pan with the sauce and simmer for one minute.

Cook the Shrimp in the Sauce

 Then add the pasta to the pan, right on top of the shrimp.

Finish Cooking the Pasta in the Sauce

Cover the pan.  Let the sauce, shrimp and pasta simmer together for 2 minutes.  Stir the pasta, sauce and shrimp and continue simmering for 8 more minutes with the cover on the pan.  All the goodness of the shrimp and sauce will be absorbed in the final minutes of cooking the pasta, adding to the overall yumminess of this dish.

Garnish With Parmesan Cheese and Parsley

Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Would you like to try a different shrimp and pasta recipe?  Try Linguine and Shrimp Scampi.  It is just as easy and delicious as stove top shrimp and pasta.

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1 comment:

  1. Another quick and easy meal for me to try! Thanks for sharing:) Keep them coming


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