I made this deliciously, healthy Low Country Shrimp Pasta for Ragú. The opinions and text are all mine.
Dinner time! Do the words bring a smile to your face or fill you with stress? Sometimes it is a little of both for me. On the nights my daughter has an activity, dinner is stressful. I’ve got to get it on the table quickly. However Sundays, dinner is a slow, fun, family event where we sit and talk. Dinner is always a family affair with lots and lots of opinions, especially when we are taste testing a new recipe. I live with two food critics, and they can be quite tough.
Luckily, Low Country Shrimp Pasta was a slam dunk, other than the name. In the time it takes to cook the pasta, the shrimp and grits style sauce is done. A quick recipe like this helps reduce the stress of getting dinner on the table pronto.
It is amazing how much depth of flavor developed in such a short time. The spices already in Ragú complemented the cajun flavors I added. I started with the holy trinity, celery, onions and green peppers. It is the basis for any cajun dish. Next I added a little chili powder and cumin as it reminded me of a barbecue shrimp and grits I had eaten at a restaurant. The sauce is a flavor explosion with just a few moments of work. Both my husband and daughter loved the pasta.
Usually I hear from my husband that a recipe is not spicy enough, and hear from my daughter at the same moment, that it is too spicy. Really? This time I was prepared with some crushed red pepper flakes to add to my husband’s plate. Imagine my shock when he said Shrimp and Grits Style Pasta did not need it. Uh-oh, was it going to be too spicy for my 8 year old? Shockingly, she thought it was fantastic and not too spicy at all. Will wonders never cease.
I have to say, this is my new favorite pasta dish. My husband would prefer a different name, however. My thought was to make a shrimp sauce like you would put on grits from the famous dish “Shrimp and Grits”. There are no grits in the dish which apparently threw him off. When I explained it, he gave me the “you are weird” look. I guess I could call this Cajun Shrimp Pasta. In my heart, it is Low Country Shrimp Pasta aka Shrimp and Grits Pasta. Which name do you prefer? No matter the name, this is a fantastic pasta dish destined to be your new favorite.
Using a bottle of Ragú, made this dish so quick and easy. It is also incredibly versatile. Think of a fun and unique pasta recipe to use it in for yourself and enter Ragu Ready. Set. Cook! contest. Ragú has no artificial ingredients, artificial color or high fructose corn syrup. They slow-simmer the authentic Italian sauce so you don’t have to. Slow simmering gives the sauce a richer taste and aroma. Boy, does it smell good. Don’t forget to enter your own recipe in the Ragú Ready. Set. Cook! contest. The entry phase is from November 2nd to November 3oth. There is a $3000 grand prize. Good Luck!
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Shrimp and Grits Style Pasta
- 12 oz. whole wheat pasta
- 4 slices pepper turkey bacon 1/2 inch slices
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 cups Ragu Hearty Traditional
- 1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined.
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add a good pinch of salt. Add pasta and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
While pasta is cooking, place turkey bacon in a large non-stick skillet. Place heat to medium and cook until turkey bacon is crisp.
Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.
Add oil, onion and pepper to the skillet. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
Stir in Cajun seasoning, cumin and chili powder, cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously.
Add Ragu sauce along with 1/2 cup pasta water and bring to a simmer.
Stir in the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are just pink, about 5 minutes.
Drain the pasta and place back in the pot.
Stir in the sauce and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
Spoon pasta onto 6 plates and sprinkle with cilantro.
I calculated 10 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu. The opinions and text are all mine.