Monday, January 20, 2014

Creamy Shrimp Pasta

I don't know what has come over me because I am now eating shrimp. I used to hate shrimp. I do buy it frozen, precooked and ready to heat from Costco. Super simple.

 This is an adaptation of a recipe from my Clean Eating Magazine.

This is a wonderful pasta dish that leave you feeling very satisfied you didn't give up all the creamy, heavy pasta meals you once loved. Best part of all, you don't feel bloated and tired afterwards. 

Creamy Shrimp Pasta

  • 8 ounce box of pasta (I used Corn/Quinoa Ancient Harvest)
  • 1-2 tsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 2/3 cups of Classic Rice Milk (Or plain Coconut Milk would work great too)
  • 1 Tbps Cornstarch (* see notes below)
  • 3 Tbps high quality Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano(+ a little more for garnish)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 15 ounce can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (BPA-free is best)
  • 10 sun-dried or oven dried tomatoes, drained, and sliced (The Costco brand is great)
  • 2 cups of chopped spinach
  • 3 Tbps fresh chopped basil


1) Cook pasta according to package. 
2) Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan on low-medium saute the EVOO with the garlic, thyme, oregano, and pepper flakes (if using)until garlic begins to soften (about 30 seconds).
3) Add the milk to the pan and stir.
4) Add a cornstarch "slurry" to the mixture and stir over medium constantly until the mixture has began to thicken. 
5) Add in the cheese and stir. Add in salt and pepper. 
6) Add in frozen (or even thawed) shrimp, beans, tomatoes and spinach. Stir until well mixed.
7) Add in cooked pasta, stir.
8) Mix in chopped fresh basil. 
9) Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

NOTES: Create a cornstarch "slurry" by mixing the Tbps of cornstarch with about 1 Tbps water and mix until it dissolves before adding to your mixture. This will insure there are no lumps in the recipe. :)

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