Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Fettuccine

Shown cooked with brown rice pasta.

We were recently sent a review copy of Dave’s Dinners: A Fresh Approach to Home-Cooked Meals by Dave Lieberman of the Food Network. Honestly, I’ve never heard of Dave as I don’t watch much TV outside of House. That said, most of the recipes in his book look pretty good – interesting combinations of easy-to-find ingredients, nothing too complicated, perfect for home cooking. The following is an adaptation of Dave’s Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine recipe. I thought it needed a little more sauce and some greenery, hence the broccoli. It was quite good, and came together quickly. I can imagine lots of variations on the same theme (diced ham instead of shrimp, chopped kale in place of broccoli, or skip the broccoli all together).

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound fettuccine (use rice-pasta for gluten-free version)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp (if using frozen shrimp, defrost by running cold water over them for a few minutes)
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt

Method

1 Fill a large 8-quart stock pot at least half full with water and with 1 Tbsp of salt; bring to a boil.

2 While the water is the large stockpot is heating, bring a smaller saucepan (2-3 quarts) half filled with water to a boil. Blanch the broccoli in the boiling water for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Drain and run the broccoli under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.

3 Cook the pasta in the large pot of boiling water according to the directions on the package (anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes, depending on the type of pasta you have) until al dente, or still slightly firm. Drain and toss with a little olive oil to keep from sticking.

4 While the pasta is cooking, combine the cream, wine, garlic, and black pepper in a large skillet and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.

5 Add the shrimp and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the shrimp have turned pink on all sides. Toss in the broccoli and the parsley. Mix in the fettucini. Salt to taste.

Serves 6.

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