Monday, April 19, 2010

Creamy Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta (And Birthday Love)

April 19th is a special day. Not just because it was a year ago today that I wrote my first blog post (which also means it was a year ago yesterday that I started eating gluten free), but because it's my little sister's birthday. She's five years younger than I am, but probably far wiser. She will also happily eat anything I cook, which makes it even more of a shame that she lives across the country from me. She would be the perfect taste tester!

Happy birthday, Grace! I can't be with you today, so I'm cooking in your honor. Next time we're together, I'll make you my tomato basil shrimp pasta and a gluten free, sugar free cake...if I can figure out how to make one!


My recipes evolve a lot from start to finish. Although I always have a plan in mind when I begin cooking, it usually changes as I go along. A taste here and there assures me that I'm on the right path or leads me in a new direction. This dish was originally going to be a shrimp and spinach salad, but after tasting the marinade, I decided it would be better cooked. I began imagining a wilted spinach salad, but then I remembered the Bionaturae pasta I had bought (SO worth the extra $), and decided to add it. But a quick taste had me thinking it would be better if the sauce were a bit creamy, so in went the milk and flour. And voila. A rich and creamy pasta dish. It's almost like going to a fancy restaurant. One where they make you wash your own dishes.

Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta

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3 cups dry Bionaturae Penne (or your favorite gluten free pasta)
45 medium shrimp, pre-cooked (and thawed if frozen)
1/4 red onion, diced
1/4 sweet onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, diced
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. wheat free tamari
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
large handful fresh basil, chopped (approx. 1 cup)
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
10 grape tomatoes, whole + 10 grape tomatoes, coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp. Trader Joe's Unsweetened Whole Grain Drink (or milk/non-dairy alternative)
1 Tbsp. white rice flour
sea salt to taste

  1. In a food processor or blender, puree the whole grape tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tamari, and red pepper flakes. Put in a bowl and toss with the shrimp. Put in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain the water and set pasta aside.
  3. When shrimp is done marinating, heat a large saute pan over medium low. With a fork or slotted spoon, take the shrimp out and put in a bowl (it will overcook if put in the pan now). Pour the marinade in the pan and simmer 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk in the milk and flour and allow to thicken slightly.
  5. Add the spinach, basil, and chopped tomatoes and stir about a minute, until the spinach is wilted.
  6. Add the pasta and shrimp and stir in until they're evenly heated. Add sea salt to taste. Serve hot.
Serves 4

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Grace said...

Thanks you. Love you so much - such a sweet idea <3

I wish I was with you and could have some of that shrimp pasta. Your cooking treats have nourished me over the yeras - I was thinking the other day that I wouldn't be the same without your creamy potato soup, your stuffed mini mushrooms, and all of the other creations that have no names.

Thanks for always cooking (loving) for me. Love you so much,

your little Grace

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Wow 1 year...congrats. I am about 1 month in. I am so glad I found your blog. Have it on my daily reading list.

Happy B-day Grace!


Tasty Eats At Home said...

1 year - that's a milestone! I'm 10 months in. And what a yummy pasta dish!

fartygirl said...

Happy Birthday to the Dietribe!!! And happy birthday to Grace too.

Chelsey said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! I'm so happy you've made it this far and we've met on the blogshere.

Your sista's Birtday dish sounds soooo good (Happy Birthday Grace!). It's got some interesting ingredients snuck in their...I've got pasta, shrimp and tomatoes! Sounds like you've made dinner for me too :)

Diana said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm sure your blog has evolved much as your recipes - with a lot of tasting and tweaking along the way. :)

Linda said...

I'm so glad you started blogging and have kept going. Your recipe sounds delicious, and I have a bunch of grape tomatoes that need to be used.

Aubree Cherie said...

This looks so tasty. I'm actually allergic to shrimp, but I was drawn in by the lovely array of spices! The sauce looks fantastic :)

I'm definitely glad you've kept up the blogging - I'm so inspired by you and all your great creations!

I've linked to this recipe with my Favorite Top Ten Recipes of last week list!

~Aubree Cherie

GF Gidget said...

This sounds amazing! Bookmark!

cooperkelly4 said...

Yum! I have every thing to make this recipe. It was one year for us being gf on friday! Small world. I blogged about it too. =0)

I'll have to come back and browse your recipes when I have a moment. =0) Happy blogging, Kelly

Amanda said...

This recipe looks so delicious! It's on my list... one question: I see basil in the ingredients list, but not in the directions. And I see spinach in the directions, but not in the ingredients list. Should I just pick one? Thanks!

Iris said...

Amanda, thanks for pointing out those inconsistencies! Clearly I was not paying attention when I posted this. Let me go back and fix it!

Amanda said...

Thank you! I am making this tonight!

Allie said...

yum! looks delish -- just found your blog :)


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