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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Creamy Broccoli & Shrimp Fettucine

   Week night dinners can be a pain when you are not prepared.  When you walk in the door after a long day of work and stare at your kitchen, you just want to pick up the phone and order in.  Realizing this may not be the healthiest alternative you talk yourself out of doing so.  The problem is you want to make something quick but not boring,  providing you have something in your pantry and refrigerator that you can easily whip up.
   This recipe allows you to make a great meal in less time than it takes to have food delivered to your door.  With a few simple ingredients and enough time to boil a pot of pasta this meal will have you smoothly sailing through the rest of your week night.


1 pkg. Fettucini or  pasta of your choice
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 lb. frozen, raw (medium sized)easy peel shrimp, defrosted and peeled
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
1 Tbsp butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Grated parmigiano reggiano

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta. ( cook as per directions on package)
Meanwhile, as the pasta is cooking,  heat some oil and smashed garlic in a pan (med/hi heat) then begin to saute the broccoli turning frequently for 5 minutes.
 Add shrimp to pan, cook for 3 minutes.
 Add 1/2 cup of the boiling pasta water and cream.  Toss mixture making sure shrimp and broccoli are evenly coated and cream is heated.  Add the butter, salt and pepper and mix well until butter is melted.
Strain cooked pasta and toss into creamy broccoli and shrimp mixture.  Finish with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano and serve.
Even with the addition of cream to this healthy pasta dish you can see the creamy sauce is just enough to lightly coat the ingredients.  The shrimp pairs beautifully with the fresh, crunchy, garlic coated broccoli and tossed together with the pasta makes a complete, easy week night meal.


Pegasuslegend said...

fabulous looking dish!

Bridgett said...

I definitely have those evenings that lack inspiration but this is definitely something perfect to whip up. I love a good shrimp pasta but the cream adds a bit of decadence. Lovely!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh wow this sounds great!! Simple and delicious! Broccoli is a favorite veg here so I know this would be a hit! Thanks for the great recipe :)

Karen said...

I always have a package of uncooked frozen shrimp in the freezer, and yes, it does make for a quick meal. This sounds yummy :)

Ali said...

Love the simplicity of this! Must try soon. Thanks!

Carrie said...

Looks really good. I never have heavy cream on hand. How would it work if I just use milk?


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