This will be my last post before vacation. Wooooo Whooooo … I’m just a tad bit excited! lol We’re headed on a jet plane very early Wedesday morning for 11 days of being beach bums! I am so looking forward the sound of the surf, the sand beneath my toes and the warmth of the sun! I will of course, be enjoying dinner out every evening with plenty of fresh fish and seafood! I have written some posts ahead of time so I should be able to post while on vacation.
Thinking Outside the Noodle – Part IV
I cannot even begin to describe just how wonderfully delicious this recipe is; you will just have to try it for yourself and find out! Once again, a fantastic recipe from Annie. Thank you Annie!
Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Pesto Fettuccine
1 lb. large shrimp (31-40 per lb.), peeled and deveined
1 tsp. red pepper flakes, divided
6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1½ tsp. salt
¼ cup cognac or brandy
12 cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about ¼ cup), divided
½ tsp. sugar
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup medium-dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
¼ cup minced fresh basil
1 lb. Pesto Fettuccine Noodles
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat until the pan is very hot. Combine the shrimp, half of the red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and half of the salt in a medium bowl; toss to blend. Add the shrimp to the skillet and spread into a single layer. Let cook without stirring until the bottoms of the shrimp turn a spotty brown, about 30-45 seconds. Off the heat, flip the shrimp over. Add the cognac or brandy to the pan. Let stand briefly to allow the cognac to warm slightly, about 5 seconds, then return the pan to high heat. Wave a lit match over the skillet until the cognac ignites. Shake the skillet until the flames subside, then transfer the shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
Cool the skillet for 2 minutes. Return the skillet to the burner and reduce the heat to low. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and 3 tablespoons of the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is sticky and light golden and begins to foam, about 7-10 minutes. Mix in the remaining red pepper flakes, the remaining salt, the sugar, tomatoes and wine. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer until thickened and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, add the fettuccine to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 3/4 – 1 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the now empty pot, add about ½ cup of the sauce and 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta water. Toss well to coat.
Stir the reserved shrimp and accumulated juices, remaining garlic and the basil into the sauce. Add the reserved pasta water as needed and simmer until the shrimp are heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Divide the pasta among warmed serving bowls and top with the shrimp and sauce. Serve immediately.
Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats