food thursday: shrimp with peppers over pasta

This is another one of those recipes that sounds a little fancier and more complicated than it is. Go ahead, pretend someone just asked: What are you having for dinner tonight?
Your answer: shrimp with serrano peppers served over fettucini.

See? Fancy sounding! And yet, it takes less than 20 minutes to make! That’s what I’m here for, to give you some variety in your kitchen that doesn’t take up too much of your time!

looks fancy too with its nicely contrasting colors

Shrimp with Serrano Peppers and Pasta
1 lb shrimp
2 TB olive oil
1 red pepper, seeded & diced
3 serrano peppers, seeded & diced
2 shallots, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
cooked noodles of your choice – spaghetti or fettucini work well

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Thaw shrimp, if frozen.
3. In large skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook peppers, shallots and garlic for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes more – until shrimp turn opaque.
4. Add parmesan cheese, basil & oregano to shrimp and toss to coat.
5. Serve over pasta and sprinkle a little more parmesan on top.

Cook’s note for those who don’t like spicy foods: serrano peppers are spicy, not terribly spicy, but spicy. My girls do not like spicy foods so I make a smaller skillet with everything but the serrano peppers for their servings.

Grocery note on the serranos: Where do you find serrano peppers? You’ve probably seen them before and just not known it. You’ll find them in the produce section near the jalapenos. They are the same dark green color as jalapenos but a skinnier pepper – approx finger length and size. They’re not hard to find but if you don’t have them at your grocery store go to Meijers, they always have them.

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