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Friday, October 21, 2011

Pasta and Shrimp with Asparagus

This one comes from my neighbor, Sue, who always seems to have something good planned for dinner.  Inspiring...  We've been making this for years now and I like how it comes together quickly.

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves
1 pound cooked shrimp, tails removed and cut in half (or thirds if they are large)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound bow tie pasta (I use 3/4 lb. of whatever bite size shape we have)
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 bunch asparagus

Cook asparagus in the microwave in a little water until tender, about 5 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Boil the pasta, drain, reserving about 1 cup of the water from the pasta.  Saute the oil, garlic and shrimp just until warmed (about 3 minutes).  Do all 3 of these things at once! J

 Add cooked asparagus, parsley and basil to the shrimp.  Add pasta to the shrimp.  Add ¼ cup of the reserved water to the shrimp until desired consistency.  It will make a “sauce” so it isn’t too dry.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on just before serving.

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