Monday, May 28, 2012

Make It Easy

I really love to cook but when the day has been stressful and the weather is hot, the last thing I want to do is slave over a stove.   I will admit, I take short cuts.  Yes I buy fresh pasta rather than make my own.  I also buy frozen herbs.   I first found them at Whole Foods but thought they were way to expensive and then I found them at Costco for much lower price.   The Costco pack included garlic (x2), basil (x2), parsley and cilantro.

Don't get me wrong I prefer to use fresh ingredients but these come in a pitch and can save me from the temptation of ordering delivery.  Time and money my friends!

Here is something I made and it took only 15 minutes.  This is faster than delivery and much healthier.

Garlic Shrimp Linguine

1 pack of fresh linguine
1/2 lb of raw shrimp (already cleaned)
3 cubes of frozen Doret Garlic (equals 3 cloves)
3 cubes of frozen Doret Basil (equals 3 tsps of fresh)
tsp of red crushed pepper (use to your taste)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved
Olive Oil
salt & pepper for taste
Parmesan cheese for topping.

Follow the directions of the packet of fresh pasta for cooking.   Remember it takes less time than dry pasta.

In a saute pan, add the olive oil, garlic, basil & crushed pepper.  This will melt the garlic & basil & infuse the oil with the flavors.   Next add the cherry tomatoes.  Cook for a few minutes & finally add in the shrimp.   Cook until the shrimp is pink & cooked through.  As it is cooking if it looks dry add a little water.

Once the pasta is cooked add it to the pan with the shrimp mixture & combine the ingredients.  Serve with a topping of Parmesan cheese.

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