If had to have a cooking mantra, I think it would have to be “taste doesn’t need to be sacrificed for time”. Being a full time worker and mom, it’s hard to not want to order take out most nights of the week. As I have grown older, I have found an appreciation of cooking and take pride in being able to throw ingredients together for something delicious – a talent that has only developed the more I back away from the take out menus and challenge myself in the kitchen. It is because of this that I have been able to expand my repertoire of easy dinner recipes.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo – What you need:
-shrimp (make your life easier and buy it peeled and deveined)
-crushed red pepper
-celery (I didn’t have any this time, but I did have some artichoke hearts so I used those instead)
-jar of sauce
1. In a large skillet heat olive oil. I don’t measure out how much of any of the ingredients, I just tend to eyeball it.
2. Add a splash of white wine to the olive and then at the shrimp.
3. Allow the shrimp to cook, but to not worry about cooking them thoroughly. They will finish cooking when you add them back to the sauce. When they are almost cooked through, remove to a separate dish.
4. Add more olive oil, crushed red pepper (to taste), and another splash of white wine.
5. Add the chopped onion, garlic, celery (if you used it), or artichoke.
6. Saute until the onions are translucent.
7. Add the jar of sauce. To get all of the sauce that stays stuck in the jar, add a splash of red wine, secure the lid, and shake. The wine will wash the sauce off of the jar and add more flavor to your sauce.
8. Mix, add shrimp, and allow to cook for a few more minutes until the shrimp are done.
9. Serve over spaghetti and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
We served our Fra Diavolo with a side of antipasto. I don’t always have the ingredients for this laying around, just happened to from a pizza night we hosted earlier in the weekend. This antipasto makes for another easy dinner recipe that accompanies any of your Italian fare.
Antipasto – What you need:
-Italian style tuna fish
-basil vinaigrette dressing
That’s it. It may sound a bit time consuming, but I promise you that it isn’t, and that the results are DELICIOUS. I encourage you to try this easy pasta recipe, or at least find new ones that appeal to your taste buds in the next few weeks. See if you can turn one of your take out nights into an easy Italian night at home.