Shrimps and Pasta Surprise


¼ of an onion thinly sliced
2 heads of broccolis, florets separate and leave 1 inch of steam
4 carrots, peeled and made into ribbons – see video insert for instructions
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 container cherry tomatoes halved
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
1 tables basil, Julienne
1 pound of uncooked, de-Shelled, deveined, tail off shrimps
1 pound of Bucatini pasta – I used De Cecco


Bring a large pot of salted water to a full boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta according to package instructions for timing. 2 minutes’ prior of the end of cooking add the broccolis florets into the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile in a large skillet add the oil and the garlic clove over medium heat. When the olive oil is hot add the onion. Sautee for 3 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
Add the carrots and parsley. Stir and cook for another 3 minutes.
Add the cherry tomatoes and the shrimps and mix well until the shrimps are cooked thru.
Sprinkle with basil and add the pasta with broccolis.
Mix well and serve hot.


Often I wait until there is nothing left in the refrigerator to go grocery shopping. With that said, I am also faced with the dilemma of using what is left to create a meal with it. Tonight I had some help from my son and this is all it came down to it.

Son: Mom, what’s for dinner tonight?

Mom: Honey, open the refrigerator

Son: Ok!!! So…. (staring at the refrigerator) what’s for dinner?

Mom: Open the vegetables bin and tell me what we have

Son: Tomatoes, carrots, broccolis, basil, parsley, thyme….

Mom: Well… That, is what’s for dinner tonight.

Son: All vegetables???? But I am hungry.

Mom: No worries, I can add some pasta or rice to that, what do you prefer?

Son: Pasta and not all those veggies

Mom: Sorry!! Veggies it is ( happy smile)

Son: Mom, remind me of this conversation next time I ask what’s for dinner.

Mom: Why?? This is fun

Son: … Yes, mom…. I am happy you are having fun….

Dinner was created as I was going along and that was fun, and yes, he ate it all if you wonder and asked for seconds. Indeed, I am a happy mom.

Bon Appetit!





Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:23am


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