Cooking with Giada.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When I went to go visit my aunt a few weekends ago, we did a lot of cooking.  For our Sunday night dinner we rummaged through cookbooks to finally settle on a pasta recipe from the wonderful and talented Giada.  We made several tweaks to the original recipe and used a fettucinni pasta, cooked the shrimp on the grill, and eliminated clam juice.  The end product was delicious (and that's a lot to say from someone that doesn't eat a lot of pasta).The only problem with this recipe was that we didn't cook enough!

Pasta with Shrimp & Herbed Cream Sauce

1 pound pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, and deveined
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup white wine
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until the shrimp turn pink and is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp and set aside.

Add the tomatoes, 1/4 cup basil, 1/4 cup parsley, and the red pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the wine, clam juice, and heavy cream. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, the cooked shrimp, the cooked pasta, and the remaining herbs. Toss together until all ingredients are coated. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve immediately.


Dana @TheSundaySweet said...

Isn't Giada just amazing! I love watching her show. My favorite was a show all about lemons. YUM! This pasta looks like quite the dish! Thank you for sharing. p.s. thank you for you sweet words on my blog :)

Tamra of walkswithBella said...

Delish!!! I needed some new recipes and this is perfect for the season. Nice share!

Tamra of walkswithBella said...

Delish!!! I needed some new recipes and this is perfect for the season. Nice share!

My Style Canvas said...

That looks really yummy!

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said...

the photos are so vibrant - i'm sure this tasted as delicious as it looks!

Gawgus things... said...

I normally have a bit of a phobia against creamy sauces but may just have to give this a go as all your recipes are always so delish! XXX

Claudia Moser said...

We do a similar dish so I know it is delicious :)

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

I just love Giada. Her recipes are usually very good. This one looks like it would be fun to try.


Vale ♥ said...

This looks yummy, I am italian and where I live we often eat pasta wish shrimps sauce, I love it ! We don't put any cheese on the fish, usually, I have only tried parmesan on salmon as a starter dish.
You have a great blog, let me know if you are interested in following each other ! Kisses

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miney said...

Nice...good recipes

My Style Canvas said...

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Miyan said...

ok- YUUUUUMMM!!! looks delish! definetly going to try, thanks for sharing! =)


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