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Monday, August 20, 2012

Recipe: Shrimp and Ruote Pasta In Pesto-Marinara Sauce

Prep time: 20mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Pasta is popular in our household. Partly because, I can cook them effortlessly and fast given a few ingredients. This is usually my go-to recipe on lazy weekends or days when the fridge goes empty and none of us are willing to do the groceries. So I usually just stock up on different types of pasta and lots of tomatoes for days like that. Even our little girl is used to eating all types of pastas and sauces. On good days, she would even volunteer to help me cook. 

What I used for this recipe:

about 400g of ruote pasta, cooked al-dente per package instructions 
1/4 cup pasta water
3 pcs large plum tomatoes, blanched, peeled and diced (for the marinara sauce)
1 med red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped finely
1 pack Clara Ole Three-cheese spaghetti sauce
4 tbsps tomato paste
100g fresh shrimps, peeled, deveined and quartered
1 knob butter
olive oil
salt and pepper
fresh herbs (i used italian oregano and basil), chopped finely
chopped parsley and grated cheese for garnish

How I did it:

1. Saute onion, garlic in olive oil and butter till fragrant. 
2. add in tomatoes and pasta water and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mix has a thick, soupy consistency.
3. pour in the spaghetti sauce, tomato paste and fresh herbs. Whisk till tomato paste is evenly incorporated unto the sauce.
4. add in the shrimp, stir until they change color.
5. toss in the cooked pasta. garnish generously with grated cheese and chopped parsley.
6. enjoy!!!!

This recipe can feed about 4-5 hungry stomachs. (and still save enough for meryenda)

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