Believe it or not, I made vodka pasta with shrimp for my family a few weeks ago. Melissa made me touch fresh shrimp recently and literally pull off its legs with my fingers so when I was buying shrimp for this recipe, clearly I was going the “already prepared frozen” route. The uncooked, peeled and deveined shrimp looked too small. I wanted larger shrimp and the only option was cooked, peeled, tail on. Yeah me…I didn’t have to do ANYTHING except defrost it! Yes…one member of the family was irritated that she had to deal with tails herself, but when I told her she was lucky I don’t ever make her clean a whole chicken, she was good. My point in saying this is that you can easily use raw or frozen shrimp, precooked or uncooked for this particular recipe as it was delicious…or so I was told!!
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 min.
9 oz. fresh refrigerated fettuccine
1 T. olive oil
12 shrimp (you can buy frozen that is already cooked and defrost it, or buy uncooked, peeled and deveined)
4 cloves of garlic, crushed, divided
1/3 c. vodka
1 1/2 c. mariana sauce
1/2 c. basil, chopped plus more for garnish, if desired
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Preparing Vodka Pasta with Shrimp:
Cook pasta according to directions and drain. Set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and half of the garlic (if it’s already cooked and defrosted, you are just heating it up. If it’s raw, cook until done, about 4-5 minutes). Remove shrimp from pan. Add the rest of the garlic and cook for about one minute. REMOVE PAN FROM STOVE and add the vodka (pouring alcohol into a pan that is a directly over a flame could be a recipe for disaster. I did it once….needed baking soda to put the fire out and ruined the dish). Anyway, cook the vodka for about one minute. Add the marinara, basil, cream, salt and pepper.
Bring to a simmer. Return pasta and shrimp to pan and heat all the way the through. Serve hot!
When cooking shrimp, remember that when the shrimp looks like a “C” it’s cooked. If it looks like an “O” it’s overcooked!
If you don’t like seafood, throw in some chicken instead of shrimp!