Monday, March 12, 2012

PW's Penne a la Betsy

After making this dish, I have decided to make shrimp a regular meal. Just they way the shrimp is cooked (butter and oil) is delicious all on its own! Plus its so easy! The only difficult part is peeling them, but that's something I think I can live with.

I had seen this recipe on and off on the Pioneer Woman's website but never got around to making it until now, thanks to Pinterest! This was absolutely delicious, and you could add veggies of any kind to this dish too!

Photo Courtesy of the Pioneer Woman
Penne a la Betsy-adapted from Pioneer Woman
Total Time: 50 Minutes
Serves 6
  • 3/4 pounds Penne Pasta
  • 1 pound Shrimp
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Onion (small)
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup White Wine, Or To Taste
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce (8 Oz)
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste


Cook the penne pasta until tender-firm, also known as al dente.
Peel, devein and rinse (under cool water) 1 pound of extra large shrimp. Heat about 1 tbsp. butter and olive oil in a skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple minutes until just opaque. Do not overcook them. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Put the cooked shrimp on the cutting board and pull off the tails. Chop the shrimp into bite –sized pieces and set aside.
Finely dice one small onion. Mince two cloves of garlic. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally. After the garlic and onions have cooked a bit add your white wine. Let the wine evaporate for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. If you would rather not use wine, you can use low-sodium chicken broth instead (about ½ cup).
Add an 8-ounce can of plain tomato sauce. Stir well until combined. Then add 1 cup of heavy cream. Continue stirring. Turn heat down to low and let simmer.
Add spices and chopped shrimp back into the tomato cream sauce. Give it a stir and add salt and pepper to taste. Throw in your herbs and stir until combined. Finally add your cooked penne pasta and give it a good stir.
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