Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fusilli a la Betsy

Guess what I got from my friend Lynn?! The Pioneer Woman Cookbook! She is one of my very favorite bloggers, and now I can cook with her even when my internet is down. This is one of our favorite recipes from her blog, I can't believe that I haven't posted it yet. I made this with Hannah, and it made the perfect weeknight dinner. The original dish is made with penne, but we had an overabundance of fusilli, so I used that.


¾ lb. penne pasta
3 tbsp. butter, divided
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 lb. large shrimp
1 small white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup white wine (or chicken broth)
1 (8 oz.) can plain tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
basil leaves, to taste (use a bunch!)


Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, while water heats and pasta cooks, make the sauce. Melt 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for a few minutes, until opaque. Remove to a plate to let cool. Heat 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. olive oil in the skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally. While the onion and garlic are cooking, chop the shrimp into small, bite-sized pieces. Add the wine (or chicken broth) to the pan and allow to reduce for a few minutes. Chiffonade the basil leaves and set aside. Stir in tomato sauce. Add the heavy cream and stir well to combine. Add shrimp back to the skillet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the parsley and basil and mix well.

Drain pasta and return to pot. Add the sauce to the pot and stir well to combine. Serve.

Source: The Pioneer Woman Cooks

1 comment:

yandillian said...

I feel so famous! I am so sad that the cookbook hasn't arrived yet...I was hoping I'd be dropping off your copy tomorrow. :)