The next time you are in the mood for Italian food start here. A simple pasta dish full of shrimp, herbs, and a delicate tomato white wine sauce.
We happen to eat very little pasta in this household. Rice dishes? We’ve got tons. And when pasta dishes do make their way to our dining room table, it’s usually the desperate “clean out the fridge” type. I tend to skip the photographing or posting since, let’s be honest, even if it was worthy, I’d never remember what I threw in it, let alone be able to give you accurate measurements.
But sometimes, just sometimes, the mood strikes to give pasta its proper treatment: an Italian salad to start and a simple but tasty pasta dish full of shrimp, herbs, and a delicate tomato white wine sauce. Perhaps end your meal with a semifreddo to really go all out?
The sauce is straightforward: cook down shallots with a little white wine, stir in some cream, tomatoes, and herbs, and then add your shrimp. Once the shrimp turn pink, you’re ready to stir in your pasta.
Top with parmesan and parsley or basil, and you’ll be impressed with how easy it was to make something so delicious.
- 8 oz rigatoni pasta, dry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large shallot, minced
- ½ cup dry white wine
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
- ¾ lb uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Parsley or basil, chopped, as garnish
- n a medium sized saucepan, cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Pour in white wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half. Reduce heat, stir in cream, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, and marjoram. Cook until tomatoes have softened and sauce starts to thicken, about 10 minutes.
- Raise heat to medium and add shrimp. Cook until they are barely pink.
- Remove from heat, add rigatoni, and stir to coat. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Top with herbs before serving.