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  • Writer's pictureSydney

Shrimp a la Pasta

Whenever I make my famous shrimp pasta dish for my friends, I immediately receive a text from them the next day asking "how do you make your shrimp pasta?" That was me several years ago, trying to learn how to make it from my dad because I became addicted to it.

It was in high school when my dad found the recipe online on the Kraft website. He knew my mom and I loved shrimp and pasta so why not combine the two? What even made it better was the fresh basil that we would cut off on our basil bush in our backyard. Everything about the dish tasted amazing. The roasted red pepper dressing glazed over on cream cheese combined with the bow tie pasta and shrimp. My mouth just waters thinking about it.

This is not the healthiest dish, which is why I put it my lifestyle section. It's a great meal to prepare that doesn't take long, but it can also be considered a fancy meal. It's perfect if you want to impress someone special. If you want to make this somewhat healthy, it's all about proportion sizes. So here is goes, here is how to make my famous shrimp pasta dish.

What you need?

- Shrimp

- Bow Tie Pasta

- Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

- Cream Cheese (if you want to be healthy, get 1/3 less fat)

- Basil

- One skillet

- One pot

Follow these steps:

1. Start with thawing out the shrimp from the freezer. Once the shrimp is unfrozen, put the roasted red pepper dressing into a skillet and set the stove to medium. Put the shrimp in the skillet to cook with the dressing.

2. Boil water in the pot on high. If you have some olive oil (grape seed oil is healthier) put a few drops into the pot. It helps the pasta not stick to the bottom of the pot.

3. Check on the shrimp constantly. It needs to be a pink color on both sides. Make sure to flip the shrimp on the other side to make sure the other side is cooked.

4. When the shrimp is done cooking put into a container with a lid or wrap it up in a paper towel so it stays warm. After the shrimp is wrapped up, make sure to clean out the skillet before you use is again for the cream cheese.

5. Once the water is done boiling, add the bow tie pasta in the pot. Set the timer to 12 minutes.

6. When the timer hits 7 minutes left for the pasta, it's time to start melting the cream cheese. Based on proportion size, I would use a third of the container. Scoop the cream cheese and put it in the skillet. Pour the roasted red pepper dressing on top of the cream cheese. It adds to the flavor. Set the stove to medium, but as the time lowers keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn at the bottom.

7. After the timer goes off, drain the pasta and add it to the cream cheese in the skillet. Mix the pasta with the cream cheese, so each bow tie is covered with cream cheese. Then add the shrimp and sprinkle the basil. Mix again and then your done!

A delicious meal that only takes about 20 to 25 minutes. This meal can also can be paired with good side salad. For my 21 and up readers, a good red Cabernet pairs perfectly with the shrimp pasta. Give it a try for yourself!


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