Are you searching for the perfect recipe that combines the fresh flavors of the summer farmer’s market with the warm, hearty appeal of pasta? Look no further. We love when you and your family visit us at Buca di Beppo but we know you can’t come to our restaurants every night. That’s why we want to share one of our favorite recipes with you. Think you can’t make a restaurant quality meal at home? Think again! Elegant pappardelle pasta pairs beautifully with some of the harvest season’s most vibrant vegetables and rich, decadent shrimp to produce a visually appealing and deliciously satisfying dish. Easy and filling, this entree is quick enough for a busy weeknight but fancy enough to impress a special someone. Even young, picky eaters will love eating their vegetables and twirling the long, flat noodles in this creamy dish.
2-3 whole carrots
1 whole zucchini
2 ounces olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces heavy cream
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil, plus more for garnish
2 ounces unsalted butter
12 ounces cooked pappardelle pasta
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Using a potato peeler, cut carrots and zucchini into thin strips. Cut zucchini strips in half lengthwise. Blanch carrot and zucchini strips in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain water, and set aside.
Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add minced garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add shrimp, return pan to stove and sauté 30 seconds per side until shrimp turns pink. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cream and 1/4 cup basil. When everything is incorporated, swirl in butter.
Add carrot and zucchini ribbons, pasta and Parmesan cheese to pan, tossing to coat. Garnish with fresh basil. Yield: 4 servings
The wonderful combination of vegetables, shrimp, and cream provides a beautiful presentation of colors and a variety of tastes. This quick, flavorful meal is sure to become a favorite for anyone you prepare it for, so be ready for it to make a regular appearance in your weekly dinner menu rotation, be requested for a romantic dinner in, or suggested by dinner guests when it’s your turn to host. Whatever the situation and whichever night of the week, our Fresh Garden Pappardelle is the perfect fit.