March 28, 2012

Redbook Tagliatelle with Pesto, Asparagus, and Shrimp

Growing up I was always the kid asking for seconds of asparagus at the Easter table. I love asparagus and have passed on the feelings to my two boys. In the spring when the prices on asparagus go down and they are readily available I buy them at least once a week. For a number of years I made steamed asparagus and added various sauces. Then about 5 years ago I discovered that asparagus is delicious when cooked in pasta dishes or roasted. The great flavor remains without the outside becoming slimy and unappetizing. Recently, Redbook magazine had a recipe for Tagliatelle with Pesto, Asparagus, and Shrimp which looked easy with only 6 ingredients and full of one of my favorite vegetables asparagus.

This recipe has 6 ingredients. It takes 5 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cooking and makes 4 servings. I used fresh fettuccine since it is the only fresh pasta that was available. To save time during dinner prep I shelled and de-veined the shrimp in the morning. Additionally, I cut the asparagus in the morning, so my dinner prep was minimal. I did notice that the cooking time for the pasta in the recipe is off. My pasta only took a total time of 3 minutes so I added the asparagus at the same time since it needed to be cooked 2-3 minutes. Finally, it took a little longer than the suggested 3 minutes for the wine to reduce. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I made this dish after a very long day visiting family over the weekend. I was able to make everything in 15 minutes, which was great! My two boys loved the shrimp and ate their servings quickly. Using fresh pasta saves a lot of time, especially when making dinner at the last minute. Best of all the recipe has 46 grams of protein. Overall, a very quick recipe using fresh vegetables and child friendly.

For the recipe go to Tagliatelle with Pesto, Asparagus, and Shrimp.

22 comments:

  1. Popping in from the blog hop to say Hi! This looks really delish--I love shrimp! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Healthy and fast, excellent! I love shrimp, but unfortunately, my husband is not a fan. Do you think it would work with chicken instead? Thanks, Frugal!

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    1. It would definitely work with chicken, I substitute meats all the time in recipes. I'm lucky that as long as it doesn't involve fruit my husband will eat it :)

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  3. Yum! I've been eating a lot of asparagus lately,


    Stopping by from the Friday Hop to say hello.
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    1. I've been eating a lot of asparagus also, it's a great time of year for it!

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  4. Oh, I love asparagus. The Germans have the white ones. To me, they are not as good as the green. Have you had them? Funny thing about asparagus, it makes your urine stink;) Not everyone gets that. It's some chemical reaction.

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    1. I have tried the white ones, and I don't like them as much. Asparagus does make your urine stick :) My boys think its hilarious!

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  5. Looks delicious. I grow asparagus in my garden. A dear friend was helping in the garden and accidentally cut them when he lost control of the weed-wacker (lol). They're growing back. I'll use them in this recipe. Visiting from the Getting To Know You Blog Hop. :)

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    1. I wish I had space to grow asparagus, it's great fresh! Sorry that yours got cut down, I hope they are growing back well!

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  6. yum!! this is a winner in my house...thank you very much!!

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    1. It was yummy, my family loves shrimp!

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  7. I've been looking for a new place to find yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you visit often and find some recipes that you like!

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  8. This looks delicious. I will defenitly try it, and let you know how it turned out. I love Pasta, I have to have once a week.
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    1. I eat a lot of pasta also, it works great in a variety of recipes. I hope you like the recipe when you try it!

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  9. This would be a huge hit in our house. Asparagus and shrimp are both very popular. My husband even stole the asparagus off my now 90 year old Grandma's plate at one family dinner a few years ago (good thing she likes him!)

    Thanks for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday! This week's party is open, if you haven't already linked up :-)
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    1. We are huge asparagus fans also :) That's cute about your husband! Thanks for hosting!

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