Friday, May 13, 2011

Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Things that take skill.

10. I love the way that you are able to knock a glass of wine off the coffee table from 17 paces away. That takes skill dude.

9. I love the way that I have bought you over 87 pairs of socks and we still only have 3 that match. That takes skill dude.

8. I love the way that you always know when to blink or turn your face away, causing only one in every 10,342 uploaded pictures to be printable. That takes skill dude.

7. I love the way you created a Picasso painting of our cat to appear in the carpet, made with smashed and trampled on Strawberries. That takes skill dude.

6. I love the way you pull out those little hair ties just right so that only a local anesthetic could prevent you from not feeling the pain that comes with pulling rubber bands out of thin toddler hair. That takes skill dude.

5. I love the way that you can spot a cartoon from a mile away as I am frantically try to channel surf around them. Eagle Eyes I tell you, that takes skill dude.

4. I love the way like me to brush your teeth, clenched with screams. That takes skill dude…on my part! Ha

3. I love the way you have made me advance my vocabulary… “Indigo, would you like some Spaghetti with Poop Balls? Indigo, would you like some Chocolate Chip Poopkies? Indigo, would you like some Pizza with Pooperoni?” It takes mad skill to teach an old dog new tricks.

2. I love the way I found corn on the ceiling. That takes skill dude.

1. I love you. That takes no skill on my part, it’s flipping easy!

Ladies and Gents this Pasta is soooo good! Easy, Preasy, Creamy, Delish. I really loved it. I have tried so Many Pioneer Woman Recipes and this one is my favorite so far.

Delightfully borrowed from P-Dub, slightly altered

• ¾ pounds Penne Pasta
• 1 pound Shrimp
• 4 Tablespoons Butter
• 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 whole Onion (small)
• 2 cloves Garlic
• ½ cups White Wine, Or To Taste
• 1 can Tomato Sauce (8 Oz)
• 1 cup Heavy Cream
• Fresh Parsley, ½ cup + 2tbs
• Fresh Basil – ½ cup
• 1 jalapeno
• Salt To Taste
• Pepper To Taste
• 1 tbs flour


Cook the penne pasta until tender-firm, also known as al dente.

Peel, devein and rinse (under cool water) 1 pound of extra large shrimp. Mince your jalapeno, Chop up 2 tbs of parsley, toss both with 1 tbs Olive oil then coat your shrimp with it. Let marinate in your refrigerator for 2 hours.

Heat about 1 tbsp. butter and olive oil in a skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple minutes until just opaque. Do not overcook them. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Now, put the cooked shrimp on the cutting board and pull off the tails. Chop the shrimp into bite –sized pieces and set aside.

Finely dice one small onion. Mince two cloves of garlic.

In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally. After the garlic and onions have cooked a bit add your white wine. Let the wine evaporate for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. If you would rather not use wine, you can use low-sodium chicken broth instead (about ½ cup).

Now add an 8-ounce can of plain tomato sauce. Stir well until combined. Then add 1 cup of heavy cream. Continue stirring. Turn heat down to low and let simmer. Next melt 2 tbs of butter and mix with flour. Add to your sauce and stir.

Now chop your herbs, about a ½ cup of chopped parsley and about the same amount of chopped basil.

Now add your chopped shrimp back into the tomato cream sauce. Give it a stir and add salt and pepper to taste. Throw in your herbs and stir until combined. Finally add your cooked penne pasta and stir.

Now’s the part where you gather your family and let them tell you how “skilled” you are in the kitchen.

PS, Blogger ate this post the first time - so if blogger spits it back out after I just retyped it I will go fight blogger.  I am so very tough and I mean it!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yummy, yummy, I've got love in my tummy! ;-P Fantastic pasta.



Bo said...

Spaghetti and Poop Balls...Love It! The pasta sounds great!

Julia said...

Poop talk makes me happy, I'm weird like that!Thank goodness I can now blame it on having a kid.

Anna said...

Oh my gosh, she's adorable! And I want her dress in my size please :D

Daisy said...

P-Dub! love it. This dish looks splendid! Poop talk is fun, right? ;)

Sue said...

Indigo has lots of skills at such a young age:) This dish looks delicious!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

This pasta looks wonderful and your post put a smile on my face!

Angie A said...

Your Shrimp looks delightful :) No so big on creamy sauces here but I bet it would be killer even with just marinara! Thank you for sharing!

Eliana said...

Hmmm - that pasta has comfort written all over it! Wish I had a big bowl of it right now.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Hilarious. Poignant. Delicious. Not sure how many posts can manage all that at once but you've done it here sister! LOVE PDub and her damn delicious recipes... This looks fab!!

Lyndsey said...

Mmmm this creamy pasta looks lovely! You gotta love the pizza with pooperoni!

Holly said...

Ooohh this looks heavenly! Great pics too : )

Yummy Team said...

Creamy and delicious pasta...

Kim said...

You've really been knocking out some super fantastic pictures and food lately! You know how much I've been craving shrimp lately and this recipe looks like exactly the kind of thing I'd love to eat. Killer!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Oh YUM! This looks fantabulous!

Design Wine and Dine said...

I'm so sad I don't really know you other than the blogging world...I share all those skills!

I will join you in your fight w/Blogger too if it comes to (blogger) KEEPS messing with ALL OF US...even in the past few hours... so annoying!

Great picts! Love the one of Indigo and your hubby! Excellent!

Taste and Tell said...

You can't help but love little girls!! This dish looks absolutely amazing!

tasha said...

oh gosh! this pasta looks sooo good. <3 i wish i could cook and bake as fantastically as you do! xxx

cookies and cups said...

This looks incredibly yummy!! Love the pics too!

Danelle said...

Blogger ate some of my posts too! But this one was worth re-typing. :)

Michele said...

We've made this several times too and really love it. It's probably one of my favorite P-dub recipes as well! Hmm, I may have to make this soon.

Foodiva said...

I'm glad you re-typed this fully because it's such a great post and recipe. And I'm glad you're going to fight Blogger if it messes with us again because that takes guts and some of us just don't have enough!

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Rosemary said...

I can see why this is a favorite . . . I've come to add a mot of PW recipes to my reulars, too. (I loved the white chili.) I was a Blogger victim, too. What a mess!

Lori said...

You are such an amazing writer girl! I love to read your posts- you always put joy in my heart. And this last photo particularly put a smile on my face. You rock!

Allison said...

Haha hilarious! You've got skills too, this pasta looks delicious.

Angie's Recipes said... are so funny! The penne with shrimps look so tasty!

enestvmel said...

This sounds awesome! I had to laugh at the last picture where it looks like you're trying to liquor up your daughter with a glass of wine. :) Love your posts!