Fresh and Tasty Dinner Recipe…

This meal comes together in less than 30 minutes! It’s creamy and cheesy with the perfect texture and flavor from the broccoli and shrimp. This is your next go-to dinner. The presentation is fancy for guest and the simplicity is fitting for a fast tasty meal. You can’t go wrong with this crowd pleaser.

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Shrimp Variety and Other Options…

You can use any shrimp variety with this dish: small, large, tail on/off, whichever you prefer works well. If you want a variation try grilled salmon or my seared scallops in lemon butter recipe!

How to tell when shrimp are cooked through, how to get them tender and juicy every time. 

Perfect Shrimp Every Time!

  • Sear or sauté shrimp on high heat. It gives them the best texture, juicy and tender, without any stringy chewiness.
  • Make sure your shrimp are deveined. The shrimp will always be easier to judge when they’ve been cut along the back, exposing more surface area.
  • Make sure all of your shrimp are the same size (no mixing jumbo and medium shrimp) and enter the pan at the same time.
  • Spread them out in one layer, across the bottom of the pan, so they’re all exposed to the heated surface of the pan.
  • Let them sear with some butter or olive oil, hard and fast, for about 1-2 minutes per side. The shrimp will initially stick to the pan, but once the exterior has seared they’ll release from the pan naturally. Once you can move the shrimp around easily, flip them all over onto the opposite side.

Tips Courtesy of Bon Appetite

Serve with: Softest No- Knead Bread or Easy No-Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe (Italian)

Ever wonder what Pasta Shapes go better with Different Sauces and if Pasta Quality really matters? Read this Pasta Quality Matters: Cheap vs. Expensive Pasta.

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Elena

Pasta in creamy sauce with shrimp and broccoli

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Pasta in creamy sauce with shrimp and broccoli

Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This meal comes together in less than 30 minutes! It’s creamy and cheesy with the perfect texture and flavor from the broccoli and shrimp. Save this for your weekly dinner rotation!


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon water 
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmegiano cheese, finely grated
  • 1 lb (454 g) of your favorite pasta variety
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: cili flakes for added heat as a garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and let boil until ready to cook pasta. 
  2. In a large sauté pan on medium heat add: 1 tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, and broccoli. Sauté about 2 minutes until broccoli is tender yet still a bit crunchy. Season with salt. Add water and cover with lid. Cook for 8 minutes until broccoli is soft, but not mushy. 
  3. Season shrimp with salt. Add remaining 1Tbs olive oil to pan heat to medium- high. Add shrimp and cook about 4 minutes- 2 minutes per side (depending on size of shrimp)- do not overcook shrimp. They will be slightly undercooked at this point. 
  4. Turn down heat to low-simmer. Add cream and cheese. Slowly stir and simmer shrimp in cream and cheese for an additional 1-2 minutes until firm and cooked. Turn off heat.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions- “al dente”
  6. Drain pasta. Add to pan with shrimp and cream sauce. Stir until combined. Toss in broccoli and serve hot! Add a little cheese on top before serving.