Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shrimp, Tomato and Basil Pasta

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I love a delicious, go-to pasta dish any day!  This recipe by Martha Stewart is perfect for this time of year...It's PACKED with fresh ingredients and delicious flavors.  Each bite just bursts with flavor! 

One of my favorite fresh herbs to cook with is basil.  And I'm so excited, because I'm growing my own little herb garden this year.  It's complete with basil, chives and parsley!  They all just recently started to sprout, but I can't wait to be able to cook with them.  They seem to be growing so fast!

Fresh basil is the star of this sets the tone for the entire meal.  The sauce is
quick and easy, and the entire meal comes together in a flash.  If you're looking for a fresh pasta dish for spring, this is the perfect place to start!

Shrimp, Tomato and Basil Pasta
Source:  Everyday Food: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart

(Serves 4)
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails removed)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
6 teaspoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pound linguine
1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces, plus extra leaves for garnish (optional)

1.Season shrimp with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 4 teaspoons oil over high. Add shrimp; cook until opaque throughout, turning occasionally, 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.

2.Make sauce: To the same skillet, add remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic; cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add canned tomatoes and their juice, along with 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have softened and are saucy, about 15 minutes. Remove sauce from heat; stir in cherry tomatoes.

3.Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain; return pasta to pot. Add tomato sauce, shrimp, and basil; season with salt and pepper, and toss. Serve immediately, garnished with basil leaves, if desired.


The Logans said...

Mmmmm...looks great! I am saving this recipe for when the basil is abundant from the garden. Thanks! :)

Mary said...

Yum! This has all of my favorite things! A must try!