Thursday, January 7, 2010

Penne a la Betsy

I haven't really said much about all the Christmas gifts I got over the holidays. A lot of the things on my wish list were for the kitchen and I am super excited to start using all my new gadgets, dishes, and cookbooks. My sister-in-law Melinda got to go to one of Pioneer Woman's book signings (so jealous) and picked up a copy of her book as my Christmas present! This is one  recipe featured in the book. There have been many in the blog world that have made this dish and I haven't found a single person that didn't enjoy it. It reminded me of a Penne Vodka sauce, only it seems much lighter. I'm always happy to have shrimp accompany my pasta so overall it was a delicious meal that I can't wait to make again!

Penne a la Betsy

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3/4 pounds Penne pasta

1 pound shrimp

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup white wine

1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

1 cup heavy cream

Fresh parsley, to taste

Fresh basil, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions until tender and firm.

Peel,devein, and rinse the shrimp. Heat about 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil in a skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple minutes until just opaque. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Place on a cutting board, pull off tails, and chop into bite size pieces. Set aside.

Finely dice 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 in the white wine. Let the wine evaporate for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. If you would rather not use wine, you can substitute low-sodium chicken broth instead (about 1/2 cup).

Add in the tomato sauce. Stir until combined. Add 1 cup of heavy cream. Continue stirring. Turn heat down to low and let simmer. Add in the shrimp. Add salt and pepper to taste as well as the herbs and stir until combined. Finally add your cooked pasta and stir to combine.

Source: The Pioneer


Melinda said...

Glad you are enjoying the book! I have yet to make this recipe.

Kristina said...