Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dinner for Two

Cookbook Recommendation.

When your are cooking for just two people, it is really easy to get stuck in a rut. I love to try out new recipes but so many interesting recipes yield a lot servings and can take quite a while to cook. And while those are perfectly fine for the weekend or when you have guests, most of us want to be able to prepare something in 30 minutes or less during the week.

I received the Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook as a wedding gift last year and it is the perfect remedy for this problem. In the last week, I've tried several new recipes and loved them all. I've included one of these below. And make sure to grab a copy of the book for yourself so you can spice up your weekly dinner options!

Pasta with Pesto, Shrimp, and Sweet 100s
Serves 2
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
8 oz Angel Hair Pasta
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
8 oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup pesto
1 cup halved sweet 100s or other cherry tomatoes
grated Parmesan
lemon wedges for garnish
Fill a large saucepan 3/4 full of water. Bring to boil over high heat and add kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally until al dente (about 4 minutes). Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
Heat the olive oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and add the garlic. Continue cooking for about another minute until the shrimp is opaque in the center. Add the reserved cooking water and pesto and stir until incorporated. Add the pasta and tomatoes an toss to combine. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with sprinkling of grated Parmesan and lemon wedges.


Nicole-Lynn said...

I love to cook and try out new recpies. :)

leni said...

what a sweet wedding gift!

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Cat said...

I received this as a wedding present!!!