The other night, I whipped this meal up quickly, and was too tired to take a series of pictures. I didn’t want an entire production in the kitchen. You know what I mean, writing the recipe, take pictures of every step, and so on. If you are a food blogger, of course, you can relate, and I bet, you’re smiling now. This recipe was requested by a couple of friends, so I will do my best to go by memory. Thank goodness, I can still remember the ingredients, since this was done recently.
Serves: 4 -6 Degree of difficulty: Easy – medium
– 1 lb. whole wheat organic spaghetti, or any pasta of your choice
(this particular one was just a bit under one pound)
– 1/2 tsp. oregano
– 1/4 tsp. Herbes de Provence
– 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
– 1/2 cup dry white wine
– 1/4 cup or so of pasta water
– 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
– 1 lb. medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined
– 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more to drizzle at the end
– 1 tbsp. butter
– Salt & pepper to taste
– 1 head of broccoli Rabe, rough chopped
– A handful of Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (parmesan cheese)
You will work simultaneously and do some juggling, but it’s not difficult to obtain the end result. Be sure to have all the ingredients ready (mise en place).
1) Cook the broccoli rabe in water and drain. Do not overcook, otherwise, it will lose its beautiful green color. Set aside.
2) In the meanwhile, bring to a boil the pasta water, then add salt. Cook pasta according to package directions. I like it al dente, meaning to the bite, which requires less cooking time. Don’t forget to save some pasta water before you drain it, as I mentioned on the list of ingredients.
3) (While pasta water is boiling,) In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil, over med-high heat, sauté the shrimp for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic, saute an additional minute. Next, deglaze with the wine, reduce for about 1 minute. Add all the spices and pasta water, simmer for 5 – 7 minutes on low heat. By this time, the pasta should be drained and the broccoli rabe, cooked. Drop them in the shrimp sauce, stir in the butter and grated cheese. Mix well, place in a serving bowl. Drizzle liberally with olive oil. I hope you will give this delicious recipe a try. Your loved ones will enjoy every string of spaghetti to the last bite.
Buon Appetito from My Kitchen to yours!