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A Southwest Summer: Southwest Bay Shrimp with Pasta

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Have you ever enjoyed the delicate flavors of bay shrimp? They are a tiny shrimp, sometimes called "salad shrimp," which you can find in most supermarkets. Often times they come frozen but many markets with a butcher section featuring "fresh" seafood will also have them. They are relatively inexpensive and they are very versatile in the kitchen.

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Here in the great American Southwest, we love bay shrimp and we use them for many other dishes aside from salads. This dish, Southwest Bay Shrimp with Pasta, is a perfect example. We combine the bay shrimp with some wonderful Southwest produce, serve it over pasta and enjoy a delicious meal.

This is a very simple dish to prepare at home and won't cost you a great deal of money. It is also a perfect Summer meal as it does not require you to spend much time in a hot kitchen and sweating over high temperature burners.

You might notice in the directions you are not actually cooking the shrimp. When you buy bay shrimp, they have already been cooked so... all you need to do when using them for this dish is simply heat them through.

Ingredients needed to make Southwest Bay Shrimp with Pasta (serves 2):

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 scallions (green onions), minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 cup bay shrimp
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • cooked pasta

Steps:

  1. In a medium saute pan, melt the butter into the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the zucchini, tomatoes, scallions and red chili flakes and saute 5 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp and saute just until the shrimp are heated through (you buy bay shrimp already cooked)
  4. Stir in the Parmesan cheese (this will create a lovely sauce).
  5. Spoon over the cooked pasta, sprinkle with a little more Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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