Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fresh Linguini with Shrimp, Zuc & Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Linguini with Shrimp, Zuc, & Cherry Tomatoes
Serves: 4-6

OBJ: TCW be able to finally use the frozen linguini from her freezer by lightening it up with summer fresh veggies

1 lb fresh linguini, or whatever pasta you have
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS unsalted butter
3 strips bacon, cut into small strips
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ C sweet onion (Vidalia), minced
½ C dry white wine (I use Pinot Grigio, but use what you booze!)
1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes, half of the pint cut in 1/2 , leave other ½ whole
2 medium size green or yellow zucchini, cut into ¼ in rounds, then quartered
1 lb extra large shrimp, cleaned, peeled & deveined
½ fresh grated parmesan cheese
S & P salt and pepper
1 loaf of Italian bread

1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees for breadJ
2.      Boil water for pasta and make according to package directions, see below for when to add         ** fresh pasta takes much less time to cook than regular dried so def. check the directions!**
3.      In a large sauté pan, heat oil & butter until melted over medium flame
4.      Add garlic, onions, bacon, and a pinch S & P, stir
5.      Turn flame to medium low and allow veggies to cook and soften and bacon to brown, about 8 minutes
6.      Drain 1-2 TBS of drippings from pan if too oily
7.      Add wine, stir to get up the bottom “goodness”, and turn heat to high and boil wine to reduce, about 3-4 minutes
8.      Add cherry tomatoes, ¼ C pasta water, another pinch S & P, stir, turn heat to medium low and cover pan. Leave covered for 8-10 minutes (This allows tomatoes to release juices & burst)
9.      Uncover pan, add shrimp, turn heat back to medium and stir frequently
10.  Remove shrimp when pink and cooked to a side dish, loosely cover with foil
11.  Add zucchini to sauté, a pinch more S & P and stir, lower heat to medium low and cover
12.** At this point, I would add my pasta to boiling water**
13.  After pasta is done, drain well
14.  Add shrimp back to sauté pan, add pasta, ½ C pasta water, and toss well over medium heat
15.  Turn off flame and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on topJ
16.  Serve with warm and crusty bread!

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