Pasta is a great energy food. Bikers, runners, and those who need to pack the carbs for a sports event have known this for years. Of course, Italians have always known there was something good and wholesome about it. When you add healthy ingredients which combine to offer great flavor it is a match made in — well you know where! PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND GREENS is an easy dish to prepare and has a freshness about it that should please everyone.
In the photo, I have used an artisan pasta made from tomato pesto. You certainly do not have to select artisan pasta. Any Spaghetti or Capellini of your choice would work perfectly. The sundried tomatoes bring a touch of sweetness to this that would be missed if not included. I was fortunate for this preparation to get some freshly dried ones at the Farmer’s Market and some fresh Georgia shrimp that came right off the boat the day before – ahhhh!
Warning – there will be no leftovers! Marone what a dish!
PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND GREENS
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: about 15 minutes
8 oz. Spaghetti, Cappellini etc. prepared according to package directions – or pasta fresca!
1 Bunch Fresh Swiss Chard – Rainbow is nice! (you can also use spinach if you like)
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
2 Cloves fresh garlic chopped finely
1/2-2/3 Cup Sundried Tomatoes – chopped
1/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tbsp. Fresh Basil chopped
1 lb. Large Shrimp, cleaned and shelled
1/2 C. Dry White Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
Rinse your Swiss Chard and chop coarsely. Drop into a pot of boiling lightly salted water and cook for about 6 minutes. Drain well. Set aside.
In a pan, saute the garlic and sundried tomatoes for about 2 minutes over medium heat. Do not burn the garlic!
Add the shrimp, red pepper, basil, and Swiss Chard. Then add the wine. Toss in the pan and cook over medium-medium high until the shrimp is just opaque – about 3-4 minutes – no more!
Add salt and pepper to taste and stir.
Pour over your cooked pasta and prepare for an amazing taste experience!
This PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND GREENS is one of those pasta dishes that is just perfect for patio dining or “date night” with a bottle of Falanghina – the Italian white just made for seafood!
PARLA COME MANGI!
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