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).

Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Fettuccine Recipe

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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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Adapted from a recipe in Dave's Dinners: A Fresh Approach to Home-Cooked Meals by Dave Lieberman.

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  • Shawnda

    The greenery was a great idea – looks great!

  • Kevin E.

    This sounds very good. I will have to try this weekend. I love adding Broccoli or Peas to a dish to make it a bit healthier.

  • Annie

    My son thinks I’m the most ridiculous parent in the world because I add vegetables to almost everything I make. My version of your beef stroganoff with green beans. Chicken soup with leftover ratatouille or sweet potatoes. Spaghetti with spinach. When he wants mac and cheese, he always gets broccoli in it and shakes his head every time, saying no one would believe it. But he eats it, which is all I care about. I’m the only one who likes peas and I add them to my tuna salad, so maybe I’m a freak, after all.

  • Persephone

    Cream makes everything taste good. This might be nice with sautéed swiss chard and halved raw cherry tomatoes too – not that there’s anything wrong with broccoli!

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