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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Shrimp Pasta

This meal is light, tasty and delicious. It will save you $$$ because it's so easy, you won't have to go out to a restaurant to get it--you can do it at home in 10 minutes! The best part is if you have a garden, you can use what you grow and throw it in this dish for a fresh, healthful meal.

Katie's Summer Shrimp Pasta

1 bag of deveined, cooked shrimp (found in the frozen food section)
1 box of angel hair or fettuccine noodles
1 onion, diced
1 Tbsp. garlic, diced
1/4 tsp. pepper (to taste)
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped (or use dried)
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped (or use dried)
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/3 c. water or white cooking wine
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. chicken bullion granule (one cube crushed up)
2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or one can of diced, stewed tomatoes)
1 bottle Alfredo sauce, optional

Thaw Shrimp and pull off tails if needed
Cook pasta- while you are making the sauce recipe below

In a large pan cook onion and garlic in olive oil. Add cooking wine or water, bullion,  herbs, pepper, and cornstarch, and stir until bubbly--about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and steam them (put the lid on and don't take it off) in the mixture for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and if desired, and Alfredo sauce. Cook the sauce until it is warm. Then toss with pasta.

There is a lot of room for creativity with this dish. You could easily add other garden veggies--beans, zucchini, extra tomatoes or spices to create your own version. It's super cheap to make--especially if you have a garden. If you don't have fresh herbs, reduce your cost by using dried ones.

This dish cost me $8 to make and there were 8 nice, large servings. Pretty great considering you'd pay more than that for one entree at a restaurant.

Cost Breakdown
1 bag shrimp $5
1 box pasta .88 cents
1 onion, .25 cents
garlic, diced, .10 cents
fresh herbs -I grow mine, so maybe .10 cents for everything, but you should have these on hand so the cost is minimal
Chicken bullion .05 cents
2 Tomatoes or one can of diced .60 cents
Alfredo Sauce $1.33

~Happy Eating!

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