Basil, Shrimp & Zucchini Pasta

Basil, Shrimp & Zucchini Pasta

This recipe is from the July/August issue of Eating Well magazine. It was quick, easy and tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

Basil, Shrimp & Zucchini Pasta

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or more to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (31-40 per pound; see Note)
  • 2 cups orecchiette or other small pasta, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 medium zucchini or summer squash or 1 of each

 

  1. Combine 1/4 cup basil, tomato sauce, 2 teaspoons oil, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne in a medium bowl. Stir in shrimp; let stand for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Quarter squash lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp mixture along with the squash. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and just barely cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the pasta and heat, stirring, until piping hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup basil and season with pepper.
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