Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pasta w/ Shrimp & Asparagus

Pasta is a go-to dinner option when I want to get dinner on the table quickly.  This whole dinner took about 20 minutes to make from start to finish.

I started by boiling a large stock pot of salted water.  While the water was coming up to a boil, I chopped up a small bunch of asparagus into 3 inch pieces.  When the water was boiling, I blanched the asparagus for 1 minute.

I removed the asparagus to a bowl of ice water, and added 1 pkg of Tinkyada brown rice pasta(I used spaghetti) to the still boiling pot of water.

While the spaghetti was cooking, I made the sauce.  I heated up 3-4 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet.  I know that seems like a lot, but this is a very thin olive oil based sauce, so use the very best oil.  I added 1 small chopped onion, and sauteed that for 1 minute.  I added 1 tbsp of minced garlic, stirred for 30 seconds, then added 8 oz of peeled, deveined shrimp, sliced in half lengthwise like you were butterflying them, but sliced too far.  I stirred those around for 1 minute, sprinkled on 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes, and added the blanched asparagus, a scoop of the pasta water, and 1/4 cup of wine.  Another minute or 2 in the pan, and the sauce was done.

I drained and rinsed the pasta, and served it topped with the sauce plus a sprinkling of grated parmesan.  So quick & easy.  Sometimes simple meals like these are just the ticket.  As an added bonus SB, who normally refuses to eat shrimp, had 2 helpings.

Thanks for popping in and cooking with me.  I'm linking this up to Gluten-Free Homemaker's Gluten-Free Wednesdays, A Glimpse Inside's Catch a Glimpse Thursdays, and Somewhat Simple's Strut Your Stuff Party.
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15 comments:

  1. That is quite literally all my favs in one pan. Yum.

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  2. I agree with Carol. Mmmm...Plus the hot weather lately just calls for quick, easy meals.

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  3. Looks so good! Is it too late to come for supper?

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  4. I agree, it's a great hot weather meal. I like that you used the water to blanch the asparagus and then cook the pasta. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  5. This looks so stinkin' good! Oh my word! I definitely will be trying this!

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  6. What brand of pasta do you use? {I saw you linked up to a GF party...so we are GF and I had to ask}

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice!

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  7. This looks so wonderful. Just my kind of food. Great pictures.

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  8. ooooh this looks so good! Thank you for sharing it at Yummy Mummy's first ever linky party! I'm following your cute blog now!

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  9. YUM. That looks like the perfect summer meal! Visiting you from Paisley Passions! (:

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  10. This looks amazing!! I love me some asparagus!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

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  11. Asparagus is the first vegetable of Spring season and I love it. This looks very good and simple. With all this heat we're having, it's a perfect stovetop meal.
    My name is Baxter Bunny and I linked up to the Yummy Friday Linky Party.

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  12. Ah...Shrimp and asparagus are 2 of my very favorite things!! This looks GREAT.

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  13. Looks very good... and I'm not much of a shrimp eater. lol Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

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  14. I have a very similar recipe, except it also has sundried tomatoes -- soo good!

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