Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spicy Shrimp & Bell Pepper Pasta

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This pasta dish is great for a weeknight because it's easy to put together. I always try to have shrimp on hand because it cooks quickly and is a nice change of pace from the usual chicken dishes. I couldn't decide on what type of past dish to prepare for our dinner guests tonight so I improvised with what I had on hand... and thankfully it came out great!

Joelen's' Spicy Shrimp & Bell Pepper Pasta
original Joelen recipe

1 cup syrah wine
1 1/2 lbs frozen raw shrimp, de-shelled with tails on
2-3 cloves minced garlic
dried rosemary, oregano, thyme to taste
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups homemade or prepared tomato sauce
1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green)
1-2 tablespoons butter
1/2 box dried bow tie pasta, cooked

In a saute pan, pour in wine and allow it to reduce by half over medium heat.
Once reduced, add your tomato sauce and garlic and stir to combine.
Season with dried rosemary, oregano, thyme to taste.
Add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and stir.
Add the shrimp and bell peppers and cook until shrimp turns pink and absorbs the wine sauce.
Add the cream and butter; stir.
Add the pasta, toss to combine and serve with freshly grated parmesan.

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