Thursday, January 21, 2010

Foodie Friday - Simple Shrimp

Here's a tongue twister for you to try - Spectacular Super Simple Shrimp Supper. Repeat continuously while you're preparing this dish, and by the time you've gotten it right, dinner will be on the table! Yes, it comes together that quickly, and it's wonderfully tasty to boot. It's one of our go to meals on a busy day. I really don't have a recipe for this, but I can give you some guesstimates and a game plan for preparation. You can, of course, adjust the amount of any ingredient to suit you or your family's tastes, and you can double amounts for a larger group. Most of the ingredients are probably staples that you keep on hand, and this makes it a perfect meal for unexpected dinner guests.

One 15oz can of plain stewed tomatoes
Olive oil
One small to medium onion, diced
One or two cloves of garlic run through a press or finely minced
A few liberal splashes of dry white wine
Minced fresh parsley
Minced fresh basil
As many shelled, deveined shrimp as you'd like to add (You can also use bay scallops, sliced sea scallops, tiny fresh clams that have been well scrubbed or any combination of the seafoods mentioned)
Hot cooked pasta of your choice - my husband and I prefer linguine
Freshly grated pecorino-romano or parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper

Briefly saute the chopped onion in the olive oil. (Do not let brown.) Add the garlic and saute for another 30-45 seconds. (Again, do not let brown.) Turn off the heat and add a few splashes of the wine...maybe 1/4 cup or so. Turn the heat back on, and add the stewed tomatoes. Break up any large tomato pieces with a wooden spoon. Toss in the minced herbs and a tiny bit of salt, if desired. Give everything a good stir, pop in the seafood and cover. After a minute of two, give the mixture another good stir, cover again and let the seafood cook through...this will only take a few minutes. Turn off the heat, and let rest a few minutes for the flavors to marry. If necessary adjust seasonings, then toss with the pasta. Pass the pepper mill and grated cheese around the table for each diner to add according to personal preference. Crisp garlic bread and a tossed green salad are perfect accompaniments.
I wish I had gotten clams when I made this last week. They make this dish look a little more spectacular when they're sitting on top of the pasta peeking out of their shells, and they add a nice briny flavor to the sauce.

Now please stop by Designs by Gollum and see who else may have an easy entree up their sleeve. Our hostess, Michael Lee, will have a link ready to help you navigate the internet waters.


  1. Sounds so good. I love shrimp and we get fresh gulf shrimp here and I'm going to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. The shrimp, parsley and basil combination is worthy of any tongue twister! What a delightful meal.

  3. We love, love, love to eat shrimp. Thanks for sharing this wonderful looking recipe.


  4. That looks fantastic! I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.:)

  5. I love shrimp and pasta, such a great dish.

  6. Shrimp and pasta--what could be any tastier? And I LOVE that it doesn't take all day to prepare. Thanks so much!

  7. I love anything with shrimp! Looks yummy!

  8. I made a similar dish like yours last night, with asparagus! Your looks so good!

  9. We love pasta and seafood, so I'm printing this off right now. I recently posted linguine with clams. I know what you mean about them looking so good in with the pasta.

  10. This looks and sounds wonderful! I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!


  11. I have everything I need to make this, on hand. This looks delicious.

  12. I bet my entire family would love this dish. Can you substitute something else for the dry wine? I don't keep that on hand. Thanks for sharing! Yummy to my tummy!

  13. Shrimp and pasta go GREAT!!! together. I LOVE PASTA!!!
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  14. This look good and seems easy to make. I must give it a try.


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