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Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14, 2010

Filed under: Italian,pasta,Quick and Easy,shrimp,tomatoes — hmills96 @ 8:26 pm

This has been a pretty productive weekend. I FINALLY got my office organized and everything put away (we’ve only been living in this house since September). I’ve done two weeks worth of laundry. AND I cooked a meal! Quite an accomplishment for someone who has been up and down and all over the place lately. All and all, it was a very good weekend, and really pretty relaxing. I spent a majority of today in bed watching No Reservations on Netflix. God, that Anthony Bourdain is sexy. Er…um…I mean…did I say that out loud? 

After an afternoon nap when J. got home from work, it was time to make dinner. We’re a little short on funds this week, and we’ve been going out way too much lately, so I really wanted to make something at home. This was a great dish, it was semi-fancy, easy to make, and aside from the shrimp, all of the ingredients are always stocked in my pantry.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

8 oz linguine

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced, divided

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 diced yellow onion

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 large can whole tomatoes, drained, pulsed in food processor for 15 seconds

1/4 tsp salt

Boil water; salt. Add pasta and cook per package instructions. Drain and keep warm.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large nonstick skillet over med. high heat. Add 1 1/2 tsp garlic and the shrimp; cook for 3 minutes or until pink. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Heat the remaining oil to pan; add onion. Saute 5 minutes or until softened (mine didn’t take that long, my pan was too hot). Add remaining garlic, pepper, and herbs; cook 1 minute, stirring. Stir in tomato paste and lemon juice; cook for one minute until darkened. Stir in tomatoes and salt. Cook for 5 minutes until thickened.

Return shrimp to pan; cook just until heated through. Serve over pasta. 

Yield:  4 servings.

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