And in “101 ways Lynette can make shrimp” news is this creamy, spicy and delicious number. This is not healthy. I repeat: This is NOT healthy. But it sure is goooood.
This recipe was inspired by a trusty friend and expert in all things creole, Elena. We tried to start a recipe sharing group a few years back. This is an adaptation of one of the recipes she shared. Even though the group didn’t last, it will live forever in this rich and indulgent dish. I don’t suggest adding this to a weekly rotation, although you may want to. But I do insist that you bring it out on special occasions or when you want to impress a few friends. Take it to a potluck. That way you won’t be tempted to eat all the leftovers or lick the pan.
I use rotini, but you can use practically any type of pasta you’d like. You can also substitute the shrimp for lobster or any other shellfish. Or go crazy and combine a few!
- 1 lb. dry rotini or fettucine
- 1 tbsp. zatarain's shrimp and crab boil
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 bunch of chopped green onions, 6 or 7 stalks (green and white parts)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 3 cups half and half
- 1 lb medium shrimp
- 2 tbsp. seasoned salt
- 2 sp. thyme
- 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp white pepper
- Cook the pasta according to the box's instructions, adding the crab boil to the pot of water before it boils. Drain cooked pasta and set aside.
- Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet.
- Add in green onions, stir.
- Add in garlic and saute until onions and garlic are soft but not brown, about 5-6 minutes.
- Slowly stir in the half and half. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and add the shrimp.
- Add in thyme and parsley.
- Simmer until sauce has thickened and shrimp is cooked, about 7 minutes.
- Add seasoned salt, cayenne and white pepper. Taste sauce. It should be just slightly saltier than you generally like, because the pasta will absorb some of it.
- Adjust sauce to desired level of spice.
- Now mix in the pasta. Lower heat and cook mixture 5 more minutes, Stir occasionally.
- Garnish with parsley, serve.
- This recipe uses rotini, but you can use practically any type of pasta you'd like.
- Also substitute the shrimp for lobster or any other shellfish. Or go crazy and combine a few!
- The recipe will be just as delicious without adding the crab boil to the pasta water. So don't stress is you're unable to find it.