Shrimp and Pasta in a Basil Cream Sauce

Total Time
20 mins
15 mins

This is a simple yet elegant pasta dish, perfect for a romantic evening. It's rich and decadent, but you deserve it.

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  1. Start the water for the pasta. When it comes to a boil, add salt and pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and butter. When butter stops foaming, add shallots and garlic, and a pinch of salt and black pepper, and saute until shallots are tender.
  3. Add shrimp, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts and cook until tomatoes burst.
  4. Remove everything from pan and keep warm.
  5. Return pan to heat and add vermouth. Allow to cook down for 1 minute while scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the cream, and salt and pepper to taste. I used about 20 grinds of fresh ground black pepper and a healthy pinch of kosher salt. Stir well and cook until cream reduces and thickens. Stir often during this process so your cream doesn't stick to the bottom and burn.
  6. To chiffinade the basil, pile the basil leaves neatly on top of each other, then roll the whole pile into a long, tight log. Cut the log into thin slices.
  7. When sauce reaches desired thickness, add basil to cream sauce and stir well. Cook for a minute or two to let the basil infuse the cream.
  8. Return shrimp and tomato mixture to pan and heat through.
  9. Serve over your choice of pasta. Garnish with chives and parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve with crusty bread and a nice salad on the side.
  10. Enjoy!
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5 5

I added chicken to this recipe. I used diced tomatoes and onions. I left out the pine nuts too. This recipe has an AWESOME flavor. I had trouble getting it to thicken up, so I made a little bit of a rue with flour and water and it turned out just right. The family loved it and I will definitely make it again. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

5 5

This is a delicious and forgiving recipe. I'm allergic to pine nuts so omitted. Only had about 1/3 cup of cream but I substituted with whole milk. Added a pinch of red peppers to the sauce. Delicious. I will definitely make this again. The flavor of the fresh basil really came through especially since they were not overcooked. Thank you.

5 5

Wow! This is a wonderful dish. I did use half-n-half (to make it not sooo rich) and added some spinach I had leftover but otherwise followed the instructions and will definately make this again. Putting this in my Favorites for 2011. Made for Think Pink Cancer Awareness 2011.