Prawn Pomodoro

I love to experiment with different pasta dishes and as we transition into summer, I also like to also transition my dishes into lighter, fresher forms. For winter pasta dishes, I’ll start out with a heavy tomato base, but this Pomodoro has fresh tomatoes, shallots, basil, shrimp, and parmesan cheese as the star ingredients. Perfect warmed up the next day, you really can’t get much better than this!

Serves:  3 +/- –  Cooktime: 45 minutes +/-

INGREDIENTS:

PASTA:

  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1/2 Shallot, Sliced Thin
  • 4 Medium-Large Beefsteak Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 Pound Raw Large Shrimp, Deveined & Peeled
  • 8-10 Large Basil Leaves, Cut into Chiffonade (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 Pound Thin Spaghetti or Linguini
  • 1/4 Cup Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 +/- Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Salted Pasta Water
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Burrata Cheese, OPTIONAL
  • Balsamic Glaze, OPTIONAL

DIRECTIONS:

1.) To prep, smash and mince garlic cloves. Thinly slice shallots. Peel and devein shrimp. Dice tomatoes, set aside. Chiffonade basil leaves.

2.) Place a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add olive oil to pan and let come to temperature. Add shallots to pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds or so to avoid sticking. Add shrimp and lightly dust shrimp with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (about 1/8 tsp +/- of each). Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until shrimp is pink, curled, and opaque. When cooked through, remove from pan and set aside.

3.) Add tomatoes to pan along with 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning. Stir and let cook for 5 minutes or so, covered. Meanwhile, place a large pot of salted water onto high heat and let boil. Cook pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.

4.) Add basil and parmesan cheese to tomato mixture for an additional 10 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Add pasta to tomato sauce along with reserved pasta water. Add shrimp and stir until fully incorporated.

5.) Serve with additional basil and parmesan cheese as a garnish. Or spice it up with 1/2 a ball of burrata cheese with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

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