Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Midweek eats: Cooking for the in-laws…

There is always some kind of initiation process when entering someone’s family through marriage. For my future in-laws, part of this obstacle is how well one can execute a home cooked meal.  (insert side-eye I completed the said challenge by attempting to woo them with my famous mixed green salad with homemade salad dressing and a simple Spinach Tagliatelle pasta with Shrimp and tomatoes in a white wine butter sauce. Sounds good, right?
Hot in the Pan... Tagliatelle with Shrimp and Tomatoes in a White Wine Butter Sauce.

I’m already pretty lucky, because my girlfriends family is great, but I think the pasta helped confirm that I could very possibly be pretty descent wife material. :-)

Anywho, I thought I'd share my recipe because most of us, at one point or another, face a point when we need a go-to dish for special company. It's not too fancy to make make people think you are booshie , yet it is just refined enough to impress. It’s budget friendly, it’s yummy and there’s enough to feed everyone and still have leftovers.
Here’s the recipe:
1 lb Spinach Tagliatelle (I got mine from the Dekalb Farmer’s Market)
1 lb Large raw/tail-off/deveined Shrimp (remember this is one of my staples)
1 cup Chicken Stock  (or Veggie/Seafood stock)
½  cup Dry White Wine
4 Tbs Butter (unsalted)
1 Tbs Olive oil
Handful of cherry tomato’s halved
1 Tbs minced garlic
½ onion diced

Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (more or less depending on the level of spice you prefer)

1 Tbs parsley chopped (for garnish)
2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese shaved or shredded (for garnish)
Salt to taste
White Pepper to taste

1.       Cook Pasta to al dente per instruction.
2.       Season defrosted Shrimp with Salt and pepper.
3.       Add 2 Tbs butter and oil to a sauté pan. Once hot add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes, sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent and mix is fragrant.
4.       Add the shrimp to the hot pan and cook.
5.       Add the rest of the butter.
6.       Once Shrimp is almost done add wine and cook down just a little.
7.       Add stock and turn the heat down to prevent over cooking the shrimp.
8.       Add tomatoes and allow to cook slightly.
9.       Toss the Pasta in the pan with Shrimp and sauce.
10.     Adjust seasoning if necessary.
11.     Garnish with Parsley and Parmesan and serve.
Dinner is Served!
Find the printable recipe here.

Hope you all enjoy this yummy go-to dish!
Have a great weekend! See you back here on Friday, for “What’s for Dinner??”.

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