Saturday, April 2, 2011

Linguine in Vodka Sauce with Shrimp and Asparagus


There are times when the day gets away from me and I have absolutely no idea what I am going to fix for dinner.  It is invariably too late to thaw something...except shrimp!  I am always happy to find that I have a bag of shrimp in the freezer.  That was the situation last week.  Okay, great, I had shrimp, now what?  Well, I found some pasta and I had some asparagus from the weekly veggie box.  I didn't have much time so it looked like a one dish wonder was on the horizon!


Linguine in Vodka Sauce 
with Shrimp and Asparagus

1 pound linguine
1 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
12 spears asparagus, cut into thirds (young, thin asparagus)
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbsp basil and/or thyme, chopped
salt and black pepper, to taste
shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

While pasta water comes to a boil, saute the garlic and red pepper flakes in butter.  Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.  Start cooking the linguine.

Stir the ricotta cheese and half and half into the tomatoes.  Heat thoroughly.

Add the shrimp and vodka.  Cook about 2 minutes, then add the asparagus and basil and/or thyme.  Cook 2 more minutes.  Taste and add salt, if needed.

Serve over linguine.  Garnish with more fresh basil and/or thyme, cheese and black pepper to taste.

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This was such a simple dish and totally delicious.  The Kitchen Gnome raved!

When I make this again I will drain part of the liquid from the tomatoes and I will blanch the asparagus.  The shrimp cook much faster than the asparagus so the asparagus needs a head start!

I am participating in Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Designs by Gollum and Fat Camp Fridays hosted by Miranda at Mangoes and Chutney

12 comments:

  1. A great looking dish and spur of the moment at that!
    Sounds delicious to me! My kind of eating..
    Have a great day..
    shug

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  2. Definitely a yummy looking dish. I use asparagus as often as I can, they're our favourite veggie, especially with seafood.

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  3. Vodka sauce...! Now this is a great pasta sauce idea...:D). Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Wow, wow, wow - Just seeing the magnificent looking dish I knew I had to try it - not even going to bother reading the recipe. Anything that looks that good just has to be. Did I say Wow.

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  5. Looks so colorful and delicious!

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  6. I love this kind of meal.. and with polka dots?:)

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  7. You're absolutely right! Those bags of shrimp are always ready for a bit of inspired cooking. Great dish!

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  8. Beautiful dish, Kate! Fun to put vodka in the sauce...you've got your cocktail and dinner all in one! :)

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  9. What a gorgeous dish! Looks delicious!

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  10. Favorite pasta with my favorite vegetable in my favorite sauce! Cannot wait to try this tomorrow night!

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  11. I am definitely making this sometime this week. Thanks for sharing it. Come join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can. I would love to see you there.

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  12. This looks heavenly! I have been in the mood for pasta dishes and I love shrimp!

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