Friday, January 15, 2016

Shrimp n' Pasta in "Cheater" Sauce

Pasta and Shrimp with Cheater Sauce

MMMmmmmm.. Shrimp and Pasta cooked in a nice vegetable sauce... soon yummy!!
It's actually really tasty, and the cheaters sauce makes it rather easy. What is "Cheaters Sauce"? Well, it's simple, it's a 1/2 home made, 1/2 jar spaghetti or I like to use store bought pizza sauce. The taste of home made, super thick, but isn't all that hard or time consuming to make. I often make kind of a Red Pepper Sauce this way, just use 2/3rds red peppers and 1/3 onions and little else in the veggies. but this one is a mix of vegetables I had in the frig.

Simple Ingredients -
1 Stick celery
1/2 carrot (or 3-4 babies)
1/2 medium onion
1/4 - 1/2 red onion
a *leaf of yellow pepper
a *leaf of orange pepper
a *leaf or red pepper
1 tablespoon butter (can just add extra oil if you prefer)
2 tablespoons or so olive oil

1/2 jar or so of spaghetti or pizza sauce
About 1/3rd bag or Pasta (curly or bow tie work best)
1 dozen to 18 or so medium uncooked shrimp

(* a leaf of pepper is about 1/6 to 1/8th the pepper, you just slide the knife down through the pepper avoiding the center and seeds, the makes kinda a leaf looking chunk)

Chop up all the vegetables and throw with oil and butter in a hot, tall sided pan, the whole meal ends up in this pan. Medium to high heat. cook while stirring till the edges start to turn brown and onions get translucent.
Cook vegetables till lightly browned

 pour in jar sauce to just cover the chopped veggies and turn down heat to low or medium low, keep cooking and stirring till sauce just starts to simmer and bubble. 
simmer veggies and jar sauce

Take off stove and throw it in heat resistant bowl or in a blender and using a stick blender (or the regular blender) chop up all the veggies into a super thick sauce. Toss it all back in the pan, cover (it will make a mess bubbling and splattering everywhere otherwise) and simmer for 5-10 minutes more on low heat.

Blend mixture to make thick sauce

While simmering sauce cook the pasta normally in water.
Take shrimp, devain, rinse, clean and butterfly slice them. You want large, but thin slices to allow them to cook through but not over cook. Take shrimp and toss in pan with sauce, stirring occasionally  and let cook for 5 minutes making sure they are cooked through and turn a nice solid white color. (you may need to turn up the temp on an electric stove a tad to get them to cook through) 
Toss in raw shrimp and cook till they turn white

Now, toss in pasta, stir and let cook a few minutes more. Keep stirring now and then to keep from sticking on the bottom of the pan.

Serve...Oh soo delicious!!

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