Desert Fire Pasta

"A Canyon Cafe recipe. Note: Pico de gallo is a combination of chopped fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic and peppers to taste. Add a splash of lime juice and a dash of salt. If you don't have time to make pico de gallo, substitute chopped fresh tomatoes. This topping adds tremendously to the finished dish."
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  • Jalapeno Cream Sauce

  • 1 12 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, divided
  • 1 12 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 14 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 34 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 pinch ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • Desert Fire Pasta

  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (19-23-count)
  • 34 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapenos
  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta (about 4 cups cooked)
  • 1 12 cups jalapenos, cream sauce (see recipe)
  • 14 cup shredded parmesan cheese (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 14 cup fresh pico de gallo (simple to make)


  • Jalapeno Cream Sauce: To make a roux, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter; whisk in flour. Set aside.
  • Saute onion, jalapeno and garlic in the remaining 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Do not let the vegetables brown. Stir in cream, salt and black and red peppers; increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; whisk in the roux and cook until thickened. Set aside and keep warm to use in Desert Fire Pasta. Yields 2 cups.
  • For the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • While water comes to a boil, heat oil in a large skillet; add shrimp, mushrooms and jalapeno. Cook, tossing frequently, just until shrimp are opaque.
  • Cook pasta in the boiling water just until al dente, according to package directions. While pasta cooks, stir jalapeno cream sauce into the shrimp mixture. Cook until heated through; do not let boil.
  • Drain cooked pasta well. Add to shrimp mixture; toss until well coated. Transfer to serving dishes; sprinkle with Parmesan, then parsley. Spoon pico de gallo atop each serving.

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  1. Wow this was good,rich and full of flavour.We loved this and will make again.It wasn't as spicy as I expected,I followed recipe,but next time I will probably add in more spices.So thanks for such a great recipe.


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