Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bowties with Shrimp in Creamy Tomato Sauce

After three servings each and stuffed bellies, both my dad and Carmine exclaimed this was the best pasta they have ever had. Ok so maybe they are being a little dramatic, but from a family who eats pasta at least twice a week, that has got to hold some merit. A spin on the classic alla vodka sauce, this creamy sauce is livened up with some white wine and loaded with fresh herbs. Try the recipe below and see if Carmine and my dad were right.

Recipe yields 4 servings

1 lb Bowtie pasta (or any other shape of your choice)
2 lbs large shrimp, cleaned with the tails off
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
28 oz Tuttorosso tomato sauce
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

Put a large stock pot of lightly salted water up and bring it to a boil. (We will use this to cook the pasta). Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside. (Coat with about 1/2 tbsp of olive oil to prevent it from sticking together).

In a large skillet, melt the butter and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until opaque. Remove shrimp to a bowl and reserve. Add the remaining olive oil to the same skillet along with the onion and garlic. Turn heat to medium high and cook until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the white wine and turn up the heat. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes until the wine reduces by at least half.

Pour in the tomato sauce and give everything a good stir and bring the sauce up to a slow boil. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the heavy cream as the sauce is simmering. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. With about 3 minutes left on the clock, toss in the herbs and seasoning and give it a good stir. Return the shrimp to the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce.

Place the cooked pasta in a large serving bowl and cover with sauce. Stir it all together so the sauce is evenly distributed. Serve with extra sauce on the side and lots of grated cheese for topping. Enjoy!