Friday, September 17, 2010

Asking the Barefoot Contessa...

Ah... 2 hours on the plane from Seattle back to San Francisco, the perfect time by myself with no distractions to get caught up on my magazine addiction.  On the flight up to Seattle, I read the entire Sunset Magazine - it's now all marked up with fun things to do in the Bay Area, recipes to try, places to visit... more about that later!

Now on to House Beautiful, savoring each issue in its' entirety, turning the pages, marking up articles to share on my Facebook page...

 I have 3 issues to catch up on, starting with the July/August issue. I must be hungry  though, as I immediately turned to the "Ask the Barefoot Contessa" column!   Here's what I found, and what I made for dinner on Wednesday night; "Spaghetti with Shrimp and Broccoli"... easy, easy easy.  Never thought about roasting shrimp (prawns) but they sure turned out gorgeous, pink, juicy and NOT overdone.

You will need:
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups of broccoli florets 
  • Good Olive Oil
  • 1 pound shrimp (16-18 per pound) shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 pound good pasta - we used whole grain
  • 8 large garlic cloves 
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
**Not on the Barefoot Contessa's list, but I also roasted red peppers and fresh cherry tomatoes from our deck garden

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, bring a large pot of water to boil with 2 tsps. of salt

2. Combine the broccoli, (and red pepper if you choose)  1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 tsp. of salt, 1/2 tsp. of pepper on a sheet pan , spread out and roast for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from oven, and then spread shrimp and tomatoes with the broccoli, return to oven and roast for another 8-10 minutes. (look how plump the shrimp/prawns are!)

4. Meanwhile cook the pasta in the pot of boiling salted water, according to the directions on the package. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water before draining the pasta.

5. Heat 1/3 cup olive oil over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold the finished pasta. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until it begins to turn golden.  Add the red pepper flakes and cook for about 30 seconds more.  Carefully add the reserved pasta cooking water to the garlic and oil, then bring to a boil.  Lower the heat, add 1 tsp. of salt and simmer for about 5 minutes until the liquid is reduced by about a third. 
        **Hint: we used 1/2 cup of white wine in place of 1/2 cup of the pasta water**

6. Add the drained pasta to the garlic oil and toss.  Take off the heat, add the cooked shrimp and broccoli, plus the parsley and Parmesan cheese.

7.  Voila"!   Serve with a nice white wine and some crusty fresh bread, and enjoy!  

Have a wonderful weekend, get outside and enjoy some nice fall weather.   I think we will be headed down to the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero in San Francisco for some farmer's market shopping - will send pics if we do!

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Leo said...

Caron - thanks for passing this on...I am always looking to try new pasta recipes...this one looks yummy!

DesignTies said...

Mmmmmm, looks good!! And not too difficult to make, which is always a bonus :-)

I have so many magazines to catch up on, I don't know if I'll ever be all up to date!!

Good to "meet" you too :-)


Beach House Living said...

Looks like something even I could make. Thanks for sharing the recipe and photo how to.

Simple Daisy said...

Yum!!! Looks delicious:)

Anonymous said...

Such a good week for you - well done! And the pasta looks delicious, I would never have thought of roasting prawns~

Drawn to The Sea said...

That sounds & looks divine. Substituting white wine is an excellent tweak :-)

jmac said...

YUM--YUM. all I've got to say about that!! and that it's going into my recipe stash!!

Kudos on the rave reviews!!

Everything Coastal said...

Thanks for all of your sweet comments! This is truly an easy recipe, then I saw something on the food network this am, that I will have to try and tell you all about it. Salmon wrapped in puff pastry - looked soo good!

Flotsam Friends said...

Hi Caron, that sounds so, so fresh and healthy. I would never have thought to combine broccoli with shrimp (or prawns which is what we call them here in Australia)... Thanks for the inspiration! We're off on school holidays for a couple of weeks so I'll catch up with you then. Stay happy and well. Pruxxx

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