Shrimp Pasta Primavera
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Recipe type: Pasta Entree
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Serves: 6
 
This is a simple and filling meal. Because the pasta is loaded with shrimp and vegetables, there's no need to supplement this meal with anything else. If you have a family of big eaters, you can serve it with garlic bread or a side salad. Cook's Note: I recommend that you add the salt last and taste the sauce before adding it. Parmesan cheese is fairly salty on its own. Also, to save some fat and calories, you can substitute and equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Total Cost of Recipe = $12.16 or $2.03 per serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound linguine ($0.99)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets cut into bite sized pieces ($1.00)
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced ¼ inch thick ($0.12)
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper cut into bite sized pieces ($0.59)
  • 1 pound medium to large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined ($5.99)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas ($0.98)
  • 1½ cups half and half ($1.01)
  • ½ cup sour cream ($0.39)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese ($0.66)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic ($0.09)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves ($0.04)
  • 1½ teaspoon dill weed ($0.21)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper ($0.07)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste) ($0.02)
Instructions
  1. Put water on to heat up before beginning to prep the vegetables.
  2. Cook Pasta in boiling water according to package directions, setting timer for 5 minutes before the end of cooking time.
  3. Five minutes before pasta is done, add broccoli and carrots to the pot with the pasta.
  4. Set timer for two minutes.
  5. After two minutes, add bell pepper, shrimp, and peas to pot with pasta.
  6. Set timer for three minutes.
  7. When the timer goes off, and the pasta is finished cooking, drain pasta, vegetables and shrimp and set aside.
  8. While the pasta is cooking, mix together half and half, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, granulated garlic, thyme, dill weed, and black pepper in a large, deep skillet that will also accommodate the pasta mixture.
  9. Mix well and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  10. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until all the flavors are well combined.
  11. Taste sauce and add salt to taste. (Parmesan cheese tastes very salty to us.)
  12. Add drained pasta, vegetable, and shrimp mixture to sauce and toss well to combine.
  13. Serve.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at http://www.pattycakespantry.com/dinner/shrimp-pasta-primavera/