Saturday, April 18, 2020

Tuscan Garlic Shrimp with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 I forgot to say this Tuscan Garlic Shrimp with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe is made in a heavy cream sauce. 


The first reason is there is no added sugar in heavy cream. It is just that, cream. There is sugar in both milk and half and half. 13 grams per cup of milk.

Heavy cream is also thicker, so if you were to use milk or half and half you would need to add a thickener such as cornstarch or flour. This way people with gluten issues can make this dish too. Serves 4 Total Time: under 30 minutes


2 Tablespoons Butter 
1 lb Shrimp, shelled and deveined 
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 
1/2 Cup Onion, diced 
6 Cloves Garlic, minced 
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs 
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth (or white wine) 
5 oz Jarred Sun Dried Tomatoes in oil, drained and roughly chopped 
1 Roasted Red Pepper (from jar) cut in strips 
1 3/4 cups Heavy Cream 
2/3 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese 
3 Cups Organic Baby Spinach, roughly chopped 


In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter and add the shrimp. Let the shrimp cook for 2 minutes until they get a little golden color and then flip. Cook another 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add the oil to the pan and add the onion. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes to soften. Season liberally with salt and pepper to help the onion sweat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the Italian spices and parsley. Turn up the heat and add the broth (or wine) scraping up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Allow the broth to reduce a little. Add the sundried tomatoes and roasted red pepper. Cook for another minute or two while stirring. Reduce the heat. Add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and let the cheese melt. Do not boil. Add the spinach, stir to combine and continue to simmer until the spinach wilts. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary. Add the shrimp back into the pan. Serve immediately over your favorite pasta. 

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