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Rustic Penne ShrimpIt has been a while since I have been home from work early enough to have time to cook a decent dinner. Fortunately, parent teacher conferences are over and things are winding down while we await the much needed spring break. We had some shrimp in the freezer and as I looked through the endless amount of recipes I have yet to accomplish, I came across this one. It was everything you look for in a pasta dish.. Be it the creamy Parmesan sauce, kick of flavor, and the cozy and comforting feeling pasta brings you. It was family approved and it will be made again in the future. It’s good to be back in the kitchen!

Rustic Penne Shrimp Pasta

(original source)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 1/4 pound of pancetta, thickly sliced & diced into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1/4 cup of roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
  • 2 cups of cream
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of cracked pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh thyme or rosemary

What to do:

  • Add sea salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, brown the pancetta.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes on medium high until brown, then add olive oil and shrimp. Cook for 1 minute, then add garlic. Turn down heat to a low simmer.
  • Deglaze the pan by pouring in the white wine and stirring to bring off the browning on the pan. This will add great flavor to the sauce.
  • Add cream, red peppers and rosemary. Simmer on medium low until the cream thickens slightly, about 5-6 minutes. At this point, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until just al dente – undercooking just slightly it so when it continues to cook in the sauce and then bakes it will not be too done. After sauce has simmered, remove it from the heat and add parmesan cheese.
  • When pasta is done, strain it from the water and add it to the pan without rinsing. Toss together with the sauce and season with pepper. Cook on a low simmer in the sauce for 2-3 minutes to help the pasta thicken the cream and absorb the flavor.
  • Serve pasta in individual bowls and top with parmesan cheese.