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Penne With Vin Santo and Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Bar La Grassa, Minneapolis.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried Rustichella d'Abruzzo brand penne rigate
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cup dessert wine, either Vin Santo or Moscato
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced

Preparation

  1. Cook the penne rigate in a large pot of well-salted boiling water. Drain just before it's al dente and toss with a splash of olive oil. Warm the tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and cook shrimp and shallots (in batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding the pan), adding a large pinch of salt and stirring, for a minute. Add the wine and cook until it has nearly evaporated but just before it begins to color. Add the cream and pasta, stirring until the sauce is no longer soupy and coats the pasta (1 to 2 minutes). Add about 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and the basil, toss, and serve.
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