Thursday, February 9, 2017

Basically Shrimp Pasta - Quick & Easy Dinner for Two

I swear this year is flying by! One of the goals that I had for myself this year was to cook more meals at home. I am REALLY good about baking treats, like really good, but cooking meals is a whole other story! Since I am a lover of seafood, I thought I’d make a dish I made for myself quite often while I was single & living in Oklahoma City. Once I moved cities after graduating, I started dating S and like any new relationship, or an explorer of a new city, you go out to eat and try new things together.  The amount of me cooking at home dropped drastically and now it is time to dust off some old recipes and see what he thinks of them!
This recipe is relatively basic & doesn’t require a whole lot of skill! Since it is a basic pasta dish, you can add so many more things such as veggies or spices to give it some pizazz! I’m going to give you the nitty gritty of the recipe but make it your own, that is what cooking is all about! I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I “followed” a recipe. I typically look at it and think okay, I’m going to add less of that, more of that, and add this instead of that. I encourage you to do the same! That’s enough of me jabbering on, let’s get to the recipe!

Basically Shrimp Pasta <--See what I did there *wink*
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes                 Cook time: 15-20 minutes            
Serves: 2 (Perfect for Valentine’s Day!)
Ingredients:
10 oz pasta (Spaghetti, fettucine, linguini)
10 oz shrimp – peeled, deveined, & tails off (I used “extra small” frozen but you can also use raw)
1 cup sour cream (I use light to cut down on fat)
1.5 tbsp butter (Country Crock is my preference)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
Optional – 1 tbsp gorgonzola cheese

Directions:
1. Since I used frozen shrimp this time, you’ll need to thaw the shrimp. You can do this as an overnight thaw but I don’t plan ahead like that. If you’re like me then place the shrimp in a strainer & run underneath cool water for about 3 minutes, rotating the shrimp to reach all sides, & set aside.
2. Cook the pasta according to the instructions. I used Barilla Spaghetti and boiled it for 11 minutes; I like softer pasta more so than al dente.
3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter on medium until the butter is melted and mixed well with the oil, about 2 minutes. I started this step about 3 minutes after adding my pasta to the boiling water.
4. Add the shrimp to the oil & butter mixture, cook for about one minute then add Tony Chachere’s. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes.
5. Stir in garlic, salt, & pepper. Gradually add the sour cream until blended.
6. Add the parmesan cheese (& gorgonzola if desired – I love the flavor it brings, but gorgonzola is an acquired taste) & stir until everything is well blended. Remove from heat.
7. Serve sauce over pasta and garnish with chives or parsley if desired.
*Serve quickly as the sauce does separate some after sitting.


                If you wanted to do so, it would be quite easy to add some precooked veggies to the mix after step 5.  The next time I make this recipe I will add carrots and broccoli to add some color!  This was a hit last night in our house & S said he would definitely want me to make it again for him, which is a huge win! Let me know if you try this and like it! 
For those cooking for your Valentine, good luck! I hope everything goes off without a hitch for you. XOXO

25 comments :

  1. Yum – looks delicious. I love shrimp on basically anything (see what I did there? ;) ) so I will have to give this recipe a try!

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    1. I do see what you did there ;) It's too easy not to try!

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  2. Ohhh, this sounds super yummy! I like the idea of adding some veggies in to give it some color too :) I've made a few pasta-shrimp dishes before, but none with sour cream - what a great touch!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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    1. Thank you Clarissa!! I could make so many dishes with sour cream, yum yum!

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  3. This sounds so good! Unfortunately, my husband is allergic to shrimp. I'll make a chicken version for him and a chicken and shrimp version for the rest of the family. This is too good not to try.

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    1. I bet chicken would be great with this! I considered doing chicken myself as I am the only lover of shrimp in my home. Let me know what you think with chicken substituted!

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  4. This looks so good! I love ordering shrimp pastas at restaurants but I will say I have never cooked seafood or anything at my house - it makes me a little nervous.

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    1. Don't be nervous! I LOVE cooking seafood at home. Scallops, shrimp, and tilapia are staples for my cooking, I definitely suggest experimenting with it!

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  5. Yum! But my kids would get mad if we ate shrimp without them, so I might have to be nice and double it!

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    1. So easy to double! I'm always cooking for two so I try not to make an overwhelming amount because then we have to eat it for the next week! Haha :)

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  6. I love shrimp alfredo and you had me with the Tony's Creole seasoning. I put that stuff on everything!! Lol

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    1. Oh my goodness Aundrea, so do I! It is the best seasoning to use on everything!

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  7. I will definitely make this! Looks easy and delicious. "S" is a lucky man. ☺️

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    1. Yeah, he totally is ;) Feel free to remind him of that since Valentine's is just a few days away lol!

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  8. This looks so good and perfect for Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thank you!! It really is, and so delicious!

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  9. Seafood pasta is one of my all time faves! This looks so good!! Simple is best when it comes to pasta recipes.

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    1. I agree Abigail! Living in Italia, I loved the simplicity of the dishes!

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  10. this looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I am definitely going to have to try this!

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  11. yummm i need to make this! thanks so much for the recipe!!

    xoxo
    Victoria
    www.agallonofglitter.com

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  12. Def going to get in on this! Gorgonzola and creole, yes please! Looks delicious!

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  13. Yummy thanks for sharing
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  14. That looks like a nice and tasty dinner for two.

    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

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