Crispy Shrimp Pasta

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Whenever you need to get dinner on the table in a flash, easy pasta meals are the way to go. This crispy shrimp pasta recipe is a flavorful take on pasta involving protein rich sweet and salty shrimp tossed in a creamy sauce. This meal from Kevin and Amanda, the authors of the Kevin and Amanda recipe blog, is incredibly delicious and easy to make, but the ingredients aren’t complicated either. Besides the basics like salt and pepper, vegetable oil and butter, all you will require making this pasta recipe is shrimp, dry pasta, cream and chicken broth. There is no chopping involved in this dinner recipe either, which means you can likely have this dinner on the table in not much longer as it takes to whip up a frozen prepared meal.

What makes this shrimp pasta recipe so special is the combination of crispy shrimp and creamy sauce. The secret to making the shrimp crispy without having to deep fry it is to dredge it with flour and then pan fry it over high heat until crispy on both sides. You don’t want the shrimp to get overcooked or else they will become rubbery, which is why high heat is so crucial to cut down the cooking time for the shrimp. Once the shrimp is cooked, the sauce is prepared by deglazing the pan to pick up all the seared shrimp bits. This is a wonderful step in this easy meal because it builds in flavour during a quick dinner recipe. Amanda and Kevin chose to use chicken stock, which adds plenty of flavour without colouring the sauce too much. In this case, you can use either store-bought chicken stock or make your own for an extra homemade touch. This shrimp fettuccine recipe calls for low sodium chicken stock, but if you only have full sodium chicken stock, simply use that but limit the amount of salt you add later. Shrimp has a natural salt content which will add to the seasoning of the dish as well.

One key to any pasta dish is to keep some of the pasta water on hand after draining. The addition of pasta water will help loosen any sauce if it is too thick to coat the pasta. In the case of this pasta recipe, you may not require pasta water, but it is best to reserve some just in case. This meal involves a creamy sauce, which you want to thicken slightly before tossing with the pasta noodles, but not so much that it becomes stodgy. If the sauce does become too thick, though, just loosen with some pasta water until the right consistency is reached.

If you find you are in need of quick and easy meals quite regularly, remember this crispy shrimp pasta recipe with its creamy sauce and crispy coated shrimp. This is the type of meal you can get on the table on a whim as you will likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, and shrimp is easy to thaw an hour before dinner. Just place the shrimp in a bowl and cover with water until perfectly thawed. You want to make sure the shrimp is completely thawed before starting on this fettuccine recipe as excess moisture may cause them to steam rather than sear. Thank you to Kevin and Amanda, the authors of the Kevin and Amanda recipe blog, for sharing their crispy shrimp pasta recipe with us. This dish will surely be a great addition to your roster of easy and delicious dinner recipes to keep you and your family fed into the future.

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