10.11.2013

foodie fridays

[image via Cooking Light]
I've been eating so much shrimp lately. It's a great source of protein and it's delicious too. When I saw this yummy recipe in Cooking Light I knew it was necessary to be in my belly.

Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves 
Preparation:

1. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add pasta; cook 7 minutes. Add shrimp to pan; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done and pasta is al dente. Drain; keep warm.
2. While pasta cooks, heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add nuts to pan; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. Combine 1/2 cup milk and flour in a large saucepan, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Place pan over medium heat; gradually stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk. Stir in mustard and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pepper; cook 1 minute. Add drained pasta mixture, cheese, and chopped basil, tossing gently to combine. Sprinkle with nuts and torn basil.
Note: Because the noodles will quickly absorb the creamy sauce, it's best to serve this calcium-rich entrée right away.

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