Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quick Dinner Idea: Italian Sausage & Shrimp Pasta w/ Chicken

I am a self proclaimed Kitchenista. A girl who knows how to cook and isn't afraid to try new things. Tonight we were thinking about going to dinner at one of our favorite family restaurants, but then I decided that I could cook something just as good for half the price. Not to mention that we'd all have leftovers for lunch the next day. I would say that I am a food conscious person. I think about what we eat. I buy fresh or frozen veggies and I try to make sure we aren't over indulging on lots of red meat. I do not over obsess about buying everything organic, or making sure we're buying grass fed meats. I do what I can, when I can. Sometimes I have time to make meals from scratch and sometimes I have to whip somehting up in a jiffy. Tonight was a "jiffy" kind of night.

I started off by seasoning two chicken breasts and 41-50 large shrimp with the seasoning below. They're about $3.50 a piece. A little goes a long way.

seafood seasoning poultry seasoning

 The chopped shallots I'll need for the sauce and the cherry tomatoes and mushrooms to add later.
shallots cherry tomatoes mushrooms

Raw shrimp unseasoned

raw shrimp

I always keep this in the freezer. It changes everything! :-)

johnsonville mild italian sausage

italian sausage

Seasoned shrimp. I also added a little dill weed.

seasoned raw shrimp

For the sauce

pompeian extra virgin olive oil and white cooking wine

Using the same pan that you cooked the sausage in sautee the shrimp with some olive oil and butter.

In the same pan add the shallots, cooking wine (to taste), minced garlic and butter. Cook to carmelize shallots. When done, add mushrooms. Swish around pan.

chopped mushrooms

Add cherry tomatoes. Swish.

mushrooms and cherry tomatoes

Dump Pesto. Swish.

buitoni pesto with basil

Add a nice bit of heavy whipping cream. About a tablespoon or so. Swish. Let it cook a few minutes, turn on low.

pesto with basil pasta sauce

Add your sauce and sausage to pasta. Mix together.

Plate for a small.

Plate for a tall.

It's not the prettiest presentation but not too bad for someone that was holding a 30lb toddler. Yum!

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