Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Drunk Shrimp Pasta


  • Saw this recipe and had to try it. They used penne pasta but I wanted a wild looking dinner last night, so I used black spaghetti pasta instead! It really flipped the little ones out :) Use any pasta - the shrimp in this sauce is what makes the dish. They were delicious! You could even serve them over rice, they are that good!

  • 2-1/2 pounds raw shrimp peeled, deveined
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound  pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cans (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons Vodka
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

  • Combine the shrimp, olive oil, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, minced garlic and pepper in a bowl or plastic baggie. Marinate for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator. 
  • When ready to start, cook your pasta according to package directions. 
  • While the pasta cooks, heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the shrimp, including half of your marinade liquid, to pan and saute 4 to 5 minutes until shrimp are firm and pink. Transfer shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
  • Cook remaining shrimp and marinade the same way and add to bowl. Add butter to this bowl and gently toss. 
  • In skillet you have set aside, turn heat down to medium and add your diced tomatoes and salt. Simmer slowly for 5 minutes. Add vodka and lemon zest - bring to a boil for about 60 seconds. Mix in heavy creamy until blended. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in basil and set aside for a few minutes until ready to pour over pasta.
  • Add your drained pasta to the bowl with shrimp and butter and toss to mix completely. Add tomato vodka sauce and mix it all up, sprinkle with parsley and serve. 
  • Enjoy!

2 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love the black pasta!

MrsJenB said...

Oh...man. Shrimp AND pasta? That's like double daring me to make this! Seriously, I always say to myself "I'm gonna make that", but I REALLY NEED to make this!!!!!