I’ve made this pasta for dinner once a month since first making it in November last year. To say I crave this pasta would be an understatement! The problem is that I have yet to take a decent picture of it to share. It’s not like I haven’t enough opportunities! I have, however, decided to just say “screw it” and post the recipe, because it is too good not to share. Crappy pictures and all.
(This was from Christmas at the parents’ house…)
The dish turns out so rich and creamy and the tomatoes are ridiculously good. Just be forewarned that they take THREE HOURS in the oven. So unless you make them ahead of time or eat dinner at ten p.m., this is not a great weeknight dinner.
(From the beginning of February…)
The good news is that it is almost March and I can continue my once-a-month trend! :)
Shrimp Pasta with Oven-Dried Tomatoes
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Small pinch of sugar
Kosher salt and pepper
1 lb. bowtie pasta
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)
6 oz. mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
For the oven-dried tomatoes:
1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
2. Place the tomatoes in a small baking dish in a single layer, cut side facing up. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper.
3. Bake for about 3 hours, or until the tomatoes are mostly shriveled up. Refrigerate until ready to use.
For the pasta:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well.
2. While the pasta is cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook in a single layer, flipping once during cooking, just until opaque, about 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate, tent loosely with foil and set aside.
3. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pan. Sauté the onion until slightly softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and sauté just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine (or broth) and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
4. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Return the shrimp to the pan and add in the drained pasta along with the oven-dried tomatoes.
5. Add the mascarpone to the pan and stir until completely melted.
6. Stir in the basil and Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan as desired.
Source: Annie’s Eats