Last week my family took a trip to Buffalo to meet the first grandchild in the family, my adorable new nephew Oliver Thaddeus (or Baby O as we have started calling him).
Although I could only stay the weekend, my parents stayed the week bonding with Baby O. Knowing they were away and we had a heat wave happening in Boston, I figured there was no reason to swelter in the city when I can relax in the country while staying cool at their pool. I am telling you, unemployment has it’s benefits. You should see my tan!
As a thank you for the use of their pool, the least I could do was have dinner ready upon their return. Checking out my Pinterest boards and knowing I wanted to keep it easy and quick, I came across the Penne Rosa recipe I had pinned. My dad is a huge pasta fan and since I had ticked him off earlier in the day over my lack of enthusiasm for pool maintenance, I thought this might put me back in his good graces.
As this recipe was re-pinned many times by fellow pinners, I was excited to check it out and see if it was as good as it looked. Plus, this was the perfect way to use the fresh basil from my neighbors. I was also lucky enough to find many of the ingredients in my mom’s pantry as this girl needs to save some pennies.
What I changed – Not much! I pretty much followed the recipe as written but I did use pre-cooked shrimp as we had some in the freezer. To prevent overcooking the shrimp, I added it to the sauce right before adding the spinach. Nothing’s worse than rubbery overcooked shrimp. In the future I would not recommend using pre-cooked. Having the shrimp cook in the sauces would have added more flavorful and would be easier to control overcooking.
Another alteration I did was add 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil when cooking the sauce and then some as a garnish right before serving. My theory is you can never have enough fresh basil.
Results – Yummy, healthy goodness and enough leftovers for my Dad to munch on for the rest of the week. He was in heaven and I was back in his good graces.
Overall this was a successful pin and a great go to for a quick weeknight meal. In the future I might think about adding more veggies to beef it up a bit. Some yellow squash, zucchini and bell peppers to increase the veggies to pasta ratio.