Garlicky Shrimp and Pasta
Getting your kids to eat seafood can be challenging, but you might be able to sway their taste buds with shrimp. In addition to being kid-friendly, shrimp cooks quickly, making it a good protein when you need dinner on the table quickly after a long day. Use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe, as frozen shrimp defrosts quickly.
The garlic sauce makes this recipe reminiscent of shrimp scampi, but adds a healthy twist with fresh veggies.
Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Serves: 6
- 1 box of fettuccine
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 3 cups chopped kale
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large pot, cook pasta per box directions. Drain and pour into a large bowl.
- In a medium non-stick skillet, heat oil and add onions and garlic. Cook until soft, about 2 minutes.
- Add shrimp to the onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes, kale, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes or until shrimp is pink.
- Add shrimp and veggies to the pasta and toss to combine.
- Serve the shrimp and pasta hot.
If you prefer your sauce to be a little creamy, replace the oil with butter and the broth with heavy cream. Cook as above.
While tomatoes and kale make a tasty combination with shrimp and pasta, you can use any vegetable you have on hand. Snow peas, spinach and asparagus make tasty options. You can also use a bag of frozen veggies. To cut back on the cooking time, take the bag of veggies out of the freezer and place in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
As a very perishable protein, cook fresh shrimp within 24 hours of purchase. If using frozen shrimp in this recipe, first quickly defrost by placing them in a bowl and running under cold water in the sink. It takes only a few minutes for frozen shrimp to defrost.
Overcooking shrimp can make them rubbery. Shrimp are perfectly cooked when they've curled into a C-shape. If they're O-shaped, you've cooked them too long and if straight, not cooked enough.