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Shrimp & Broccoli Pasta - Easy and Refreshing
SHRIMP & BROCCOLI PASTA - Light and Refreshing
SHRIMP & BROCOLLI PASTA
This is a fantastic all-in-one easy-to-make meal. It has your protein, starch, veggies and zesty flavors. And when you combine them all together, they add up to delish!
Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
· Pasta pot
· Large skillet
· Small skillet
· Small bowl
· Cutting board
. Manual juicer
· Chopping knife
· Pasta spoon
· Measuring spoons
· 16 large shrimp - size 25-32 – (cleaned and tails removed)
· Angel hair pasta – servings for two or gluten free option
· 2 cups steamed broccoli flowerets
· Green onions – 3 or ½ cup, thinly chopped
· Juice from one 1 fresh lemon
· 3 large garlic cloves
· 2 tablespoons of olive oil
· ½ cube butter
· ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted – refer to toasting directions below
· 1 teaspoon chili flakes
· Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Freshly grated parmesan cheese for topping
Suggested Coordination of Components:
I recommend toasting the pine nuts first and set them aside. Then, I would cook the broccoli and keep it warm. And then begin the instructions process.
Toasting the Pine Nuts:
I like to toast pine nuts on the stove top because it is faster than the oven. Heat a small skillet on medium heat for a minute or so and add the pine nuts to the dry skillet. Allow to toast for about 30 seconds, stir the nuts a bit and heat for another 30 seconds or so. Repeat the process until the seeds are toasted to your satisfaction. They can burn quickly, so stay by the pan.
1. Cook pasta according to the pasta box directions and drain into a colander. Hold until the shrimp is cooked (shrimp will only take about three minutes).
2. To cook shrimp, add just enough water to fill the bottom of a large skillet and turn heat on medium-high until steam appears or a small boil begins.
3. Quickly add the shrimp to the pan and now turn heat down to low. As soon as the bottom portion of the shrimp begins to turn pink, turn them with tongs and remove the shrimp from the skillet as soon as the entire shrimp are pink and begin to curl.
Note: Avoid over cooking your shrimp as an over cooked shrimp will be rubbery versus a tender tasting shrimp that is cooked just right.
4. Add to the empty pasta pot, the oil and butter and on low heat, melt the butter with the oil and add the garlic and chili flakes. Heat a minute or two.
5. Add the lemon juice to the pot and green onions and stir.
6. Add the pasta to the pot and gently toss to distribute the ingredients together.
7. Add the warm broccoli and toss.
8. Add the shrimp and pine nuts and toss well.
Plate and top with parmesan cheese.
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