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. 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
- 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
1 Heat salted water for pasta: Fill a large 8-quart stock pot at least half full with water and with 2 Tbsp of salt; bring to a boil.
2 Blanch broccoli: 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 and drain pasta: 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 Make the sauce: 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: Add the shrimp and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the shrimp have turned pink on all sides.
6 Combine: Toss in the broccoli and the parsley. Mix in the fettuccini. Salt to taste.
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