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Monday, February 17, 2014

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Ok ladies, it's time to spice it up a little! Just in case you didn't have a hot enough Valentine's Day, here's a tasty little dish to put a flame (literally!) into your weekly menu. Will and I had a belated Valentine's Day this past weekend, and rather than go out and brave the crowds, we thought we'd cozy it up at home and make a meal together. (Pssst did you see my post for Modern Mama about keeping the love alive after baby? This was one of my suggestions). :)

We both enjoy cooking, and I definitely love thinking up recipes together. While we differ in what we like, Will requested a spicy meal and I couldn't resist those baby blues (c'mon who's not a sucker for those?!). I have to give him credit, I was happy with his choice and I love how simple and healthy this recipe is. We used gluten free pasta and couldn't even taste the difference. Plus it's nice to try something a little different than the standard Bolognese sauce. I don't eat a lot of seafood, and this was a refreshing change (or you could skip the shrimp and enjoy this as a vegetarian meal).

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Pasta


3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cups shrimp, cooked (either buy pre- cooked, or saute in a pan with garlic and butter)
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup pickled hot peppers
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp no salt added seasoning (from Costco)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Dried chillies, to taste (we used 1 tsp of the very hot chillies)
3 cups dried pasta, your choice

1. Start by sauteing the garlic, jalapeno, green pepper, and shrimp in a pan; after approx.5 minutes, toss in the shrimp; put separate pot of water on stove and bring to a boil
2. Add the two cans of tomatoes and pickled peppers to the sauce and stir well; toss pasta into water to cook while sauce is being made
3. Add the seasonings, cayenne, and chillies to the sauce. Combine well, and add extra spice to taste
4. Drain cooked pasta and serve with sauce immediately
5. Pour a tall of glass of milk to pair with the pasta and enjoy! (I really mean it about the milk, I needed two glasses after this dish!)

Honey, if your mouth isn't on fire after this, I'll be impressed! I left Will in charge of the spices, and he definitely delivered a meal worthy of needing a fire extinguisher! ;)

Image source: http://www.marthastewart.com/316729/spicy-shrimp-and-tomato-pasta?czone=food/fish-and-shellfish/shellfish-varieties&czone=food/fish-and-shellfish/shellfish-varieties&center=344318&gallery=341264&slide=262019