Foodie Friday! Pasta Recipes

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
Via Damn Delicious

Pasta dishes are the ultimate in comfort food!  And it's such a versatile dish.  You can have it with or without meat, with white sauces or red sauces - the possibilities are endless!  We've found some delicious pasta meals for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta 
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups baby arugula
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Stir in pasta, arugula and Parmesan until arugula begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in shrimp.

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
Via Gimme Delicious Food

Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
Prep time: 10 mins  
Cook time: 15 mins  
Total time: 25 mins
Author: Layla 
Serves: 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 chicken breasts, sliced into ½ inch strips
1 cup light cream or half and half
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pesto
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
4 cups aldente pasta, drained (appx)
1 cup broccoli florets (frozen or fresh)

Begin by cooking the pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add the broccoli into the pasta pot 1 minute before turning off the heat. Drain, set aside. 

While the pasta is cooking, Pour 1 tablespoon oil into a large pan. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minute or until golden. Add the garlic and cook for just a few seconds then add the sliced chicken. Season with salt & pepper and cook the chicken for 5-7 minute or until browned. 

Add the parmesan, cream, pesto, and salt & pepper. Simmer mixture for 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli. Stir until fully combined. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with more parmesan. Enjoy!

Italian Caprese Pasta
Via Chelsea's Messy Apron

Italian Caprese Pasta
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Chelsea Lords

1/2 pound angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti uncooked
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion very finely chopped
2 teaspoons mined garlic
3/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing separated, fat-free works great
2 and 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
1/2 cup fresh basil thinly sliced or chopped
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese chopped into small pieces
Optional: salt and pepper to taste (I use 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
Optional: red pepper flakes

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook and stir until translucent. Add in the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add in 1/2 cup of the dressing and cherry tomatoes and cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

As the tomatoes cook and soften, smash them with the back of a wooden spoon. Continue to cook until the tomatoes make a chunky style sauce. (About 4-6 minutes) Add in the salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and toss with the tomato mixture.

Add in the fresh basil. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Add remaining 1/4 cup of the dressing here and toss everything together. Add in the mozzarella cheese, chopped basil, and red pepper flakes if desired.

Enjoy immediately.

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