Monday, January 2, 2012

Penne a la Betsy aka Penne with Tomato Cream Sauce and Shrimp

I recently discovered a new foodie site :) Punchfork. Much more to fall in love with, as if all the blogs I follow and pinterest weren't enough I now have another one. Lets just say I'll be set with food and desserts for a lifetime thanks to all the lovely ladies who blog out there and these other amazing sites I follow. This is one I found, which is actually from The Pioneer Woman's blog. Ever visited? She has some amazing food on her blog and unfortunately this is the first meal I've made from her blog. It was DE-licious!!! I'm talking yummy. I mean how could it not be, it has wine, tomato cream sauce and shrimp. Now I'm not a huge fan of shrimp, I know it doesn't have much of a flavor I think it's more of a texture thing. I chopped it up as small as I could and it worked. I wish I was still eating some. This dish would be really good with a glass of wine too! Anyone who enjoys tomato cream sauce based pasta and shrimp needs to make this now..go ahead I'll still be here! ;) It's not that hard to make either and it's something everyone can enjoy, unless you're a vegetarian like my momma! Enough rambling enjoy the pictures, make the meal, and enjoy it! Blog it to all the rest of the world to enjoy as well. They'll thank you! Oh, and I may not have a punk ass little sister like the pioneer woman does but I'm still calling it penne a la Betsy because for some reason I still think she rocks whether I know her or not. :) I hope you enjoy this!

Penne a la Betsy
3/4 pounds Pasta
1 pound Shrimp
3 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 whole Onion (small)
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 cup White Wine, Or To Taste
1 can Tomato Sauce (8 Oz)
1 cup Heavy Cream
Fresh Parsley, to taste
Fresh Basil - To Taste
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Now I kind of halved this recipe, by kind of  I mean I halved it by eyeballing it. I'm lazy when it comes to weighing and measuring, unless we're talking baking! I also bought pre-cooked shrimp instead of raw, you can chose to do either or! 

Cook the pasta until al-dente. If you bought raw, uncooked shrimp peel, devein and rinse under cool water. If you purchased raw shrimp heat 1tblsp of butter and oil in skillet, and add shrimp, cook for a few minutes or until opaque. You'll see what cooked shrimp looks like in the below pics. Pull off tails of shrimp, you should be able to do this with your hands no problem. Chop those little shrimpies up and set them aside. 
Chop up two cloves of garlic and parsley while you're at it! Heat 2tblsp of butter and 2tblsp of oil, add in garlic and onion and saute. Add in wine and let this evaporate for a few minutes. If you don't like to use wine, why wouldn't you? You can sub with broth. I'd use chicken or vegetable. Add in tomato sauce and stir until combined. Add in 1 cup of heavy cream and let simmer. I never said this dish was healthy did I? Okay, good as long as we're all on the same page! Chop up herbs, I like to chiffonade them. I remember once when an old boss taught me how to chiffonade, he says to me "now roll up your basil like a joint and slice it thinly!" Ha..anyhoo add the chopped cooked shrimp into the sauce and stir, add salt and pepper to taste. Throw in herbs and stir, now you can add your pasta and stir until combined. Now please go enjoy the heck out of this pasta!!

Meet Frank, the love of my life other than my husband. He is probably the most spoiled cat out there, but he's cute and he's an only child! Now since I didn't use all my shrimp I decided Frank needed some dinner. He loved it! 


Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment said...

Yum - this sounds good too! Frank is one lucky cat!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Ha! Is that "the plate?" Love the picture of Frank with his tongue stickin' out!

Candy said...

This looks delicious! Most of the Pioneer Woman's recipes are winners. I'll have to check out Punchfork!

Bridget said...

Mom this is the plate! He's a lucky boy

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I also love the Pioneer Woman. I have her cook book and can't get it enough of it.

Christy said...

thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I'm your newest follower!

Clairejustine said...

I love prawns Frank does too lol,looks yummy thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

Karyn said...

Thanks for linking up this week! Sounds like a fabulous recipe.

Lizzy Do said...

What a delicious sounding pasta! And I see Frank gives it a paw up (at least the shrimp part :)). Following you back...your blog is lovely!!!

Bridget said...

Thanks so much Lizzy Do!!

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