Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shrimp Mac

This is a fairly classic dish that is so easy to make, and super delicious. I'm not a huge shrimp eater, but my husband loves the little buggers, so I try to surprise him sometimes. They are a bit expensive here in Colorado (I'm sure you can figure out why), so they are definitely a treat in our home.
This is a basic recipe that you can change up to fit your liking. I almost never make the same thing twice because I always change the ingredients to go along with what we have around the kitchen and what we are in the mood for. Go nuts and see what you end up with!


Shrimp Mac

1/2 Lb of 41/50 peeled and de-veined shrimp
1 lb of GF pasta (we like the Ancient Harvest Quinoa Veggie Curls here)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil (Extra Virgin is nice)
1 small Onion, diced small
1 or 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Cup Milk
a couple of handfuls of Spinach
2 Tbsp Corn Starch mixed with water to form a slurry
about 5 slices of Bacon, cooked to a crisp and chopped into bite-size pieces
Parmesan Cheese, sliced with a vegetable peeler
Salt and Pepper to taste
any herbs you like, we used rosemary, thyme and oregano

Cook your pasta according to the package directions. In the meantime, heat up the olive oil in a skillet, add the chopped onion and begin to sweat it (not caramelize). Add the minced garlic and cook for just a minute or two, then add the chicken stock and milk. Simmer for a few minutes, and add the corn starch slurry to thicken. Add the spinach (fresh or frozen is fine) until it is completely wilted. Season with the salt and pepper, as well as with your choice of herbs. Add the shrimp in and let them simmer until cooked. They only take maybe 5 minutes tops, until they are pink and a bit curled. Over-cooking will make them chewy and rubbery.

Toss the pasta and sauce together, sprinkle the bacon and parmesan slices over the top. Voila, pasta perfection!

3 comments:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Yum - shrimp makes anything a class act! Of course, pasta and shrimp is the ultimate indulgence!

glutenfreeforgood said...

Tiffany,

This shrimp dish looks awesome and for some odd reason, I've never tried quinoa veggie curls. Wonder why? Glad you sparked my interest in that.

And I have to admit, those brownies of yours look amazing. Geez, and right when I'm thinking no more sugar! I'll save that recipe for the holidays. What a great (and easy) treat!

Nice to catch up with you again!

Melissa

Elle said...

I love anything with shrimp. I'd love a bowl of this right now!

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