thesmilinlife

Thoughts of a 20-something

My mom and I are the same…

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when it comes to some things. For example, we cook the same. Case in point is last night’s dinner. neither of us really wanted to cook nor did we have a solid idea for dinner. so our conversation started: ‘what should we have for dinner? ugh what is there in the house” and at the same time we went to the fridge, grabbed the handle, and looked inside. Upon finding the best pesto in the world (NO LIE I SWEAR IT’S AMAZING: click), we decided to make a shrimp pesto pasta. I grabbed the GF pasta that I had handy (corn spirals yum!), thawed some shrimp and went to town. here’s the final product:

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This was so quick and easy to make. here’s what we did:

Ingredients
Pasta of choice
Pesto of choice
cream or half and half
onion, chopped
pepper(s)chopped [we used a purple pepper and a green pepper]
basil
1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp (optional)

boil pasta according to directions. While that’s boiling, sautee onion and peppers. Cut the shrimp into thirds (to make a pound stretch. this is also optional) when peppers and onion are just about done, add shrimp and cook for a few minutes, just until they’re cooked through. add drained pasta. toss. Add pesto to taste (we like a lot of pesto so we used most of a jar haha). Toss to coat everything and add about 1/4 cup of cream or half and half (this adds a lot of flavor without making it waterd down and added a nice “sauce” to it).

we topped with lightly chopped basil, diced tomatoes and parm cheese.

This was PHENOMENAL. There were no leftovers. The diced tomatoes really added a pop of fresh bright flavor and color. I highly recommend them. And this meal of course. I love that we both can come up with something so delicious that took literally 20 minutes to make. YUM!

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Author: heriwen

I'm a 29 year old teacher who loves to cook. Well, really I love to eat and with that comes the cooking. I also enjoy reading, being outside and spending time with my awesome animals, even more awesome husband, and most awesome daughter. :)

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