Shrimps and pasta surprise.
Often I wait until there is nothing left in the refrigerator to go grocery shopping. With that said, I am also faced with the dilemma of using what is left to create a meal with it. Tonight I had some help from my son and this is all it came down to it.
Son: Mom, what’s for dinner tonight?
Mom: Honey, open the refrigerator
Son: Ok!!! So…. (staring at the refrigerator) what’s for dinner?
Mom: Open the vegetables bin and tell me what we have
Son: Tomatoes, carrots, broccolis, basil, parsley, thyme….
Mom: Well… That, is what’s for dinner tonight.
Son: All vegetables???? But I am hungry.
Mom: No worries, I can add some pasta or rice to that, what do you prefer?
Son: Pasta and not all those veggies
Mom: Sorry!! Veggies it is ( happy smile)
Son: Mom, remind me of this conversation next time I ask what’s for dinner.
Mom: Why?? This is fun
Son: … Yes, mom…. I am happy you are having fun….
Dinner was created as I was going along and that was fun, and yes, he ate it all if you wonder and asked for seconds. Indeed, I am a happy mom.
SHRIMPS AND PASTA SURPRISE
¼ of an onion thinly sliced
2 heads of broccolis, florets separate and leave 1 inch of steam
4 carrots, peeled and made into ribbons – see video insert for instructions
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 container cherry tomatoes halved
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
1 tablespoon basil, Julienne
1 pound of uncooked, de-Shelled, deveined, tail off shrimps
1 pound of Bucatini pasta – I used De Cecco
Bring a large pot of salted water to a full boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta according to package instructions for timing. 2 minutes’ prior of the end of cooking add the broccolis florets into the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile in a large skillet add the oil and the garlic clove over medium heat. When the olive oil is hot add the onion. Sautee for 3 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
Add the carrots and parsley. Stir and cook for another 3 minutes.
Add the cherry tomatoes and the shrimps and mix well until the shrimps are cooked thru.
Sprinkle with basil and add the pasta with broccolis.
Mix well and serve hot.