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Creamy Whole Wheat Penne with Shrimp

My new kitchen:

small
no counter space
leaking
creaking
sinking

literally, my entire apartment is on a slant. sinking in the middle, and then up on both sides… the wonders of living in an old brooklyn house. woohoo!!

but honestly though, i love my new neighborhood and enjoy how close I am to NYC – slanting aside.

I wanted to make this Giada dish right before i left Florida, but because of the rush of us moving I decided to hold off – essentially b/c this dish was supposed to be made with lobster but i skipped it and just used shrimp.

pre-recipe tip: go for a run after eating all that bacon fat 🙂

Creamy Whole Wheat Penne with Shrimp

Ingredients (serves 4-5)

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup clam juice (i used fish stock)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Instructions

To start, prepare by chopping the fresh basil, making all the bacon, and chopping the garlic.

To make the bacon – in a large nonstick skillet, cook it over medium-high heat until brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels.

In the same skillet, add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes (and juices), clam juice, cream, 1/2 cup basil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the lobster and bacon. Simmer until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

*When the above half way done, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes.

Pour the tomato mixture over the cooked pasta and toss until coated. Garnish with the remaining 1/2 cup basil and season with salt and pepper.

This recipe had rave reviews on her site, and the sauce actually seriously tastes so decadent. Don’t be intimidated by the long steps.. try it!

-M

Sidenote: Sorry about the crappy camera shots. Im canonless after the Israeli mountain fall… sigh, rip canon <3

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