Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Shrimp Spinach Pasta

My daughter in law was over the other day and she brought in a couple of things....shrimp (YUM!) and fresh spinach...(not so yum but okay). I knew I had to use it up so I threw this dish together with some other stuff I had lurking in my pantry. What a nice surprise! This really takes very little time to make and even though IT Guy is not a seafood guy, my DIL and I enjoyed this immensely! The only thing lacking was some crusty french bread...which I didn't have. This is easy-peasy and super good!

Shrimp Spinach Pasta

8 ounces angel hair pasta ~ cooked, drained and set aside
2 cups frozen, cleaned, cooked shrimp ~ tails removed, thawed
1 small onion ~ diced
2 cloves garlic ~ minced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
4 ounces cream cheese ~ room temperature
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup half & half
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups fresh spinach ~ washed and dried
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of the butter then add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Saute about 5 minutes.

Add in the broth, half & half, cream cheese and salt and pepper to your liking. Stir to combine over medium heat until cream cheese has melted and mixture is thick....about 5 - 7 minutes.

Add the grated Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Stir to melt cheese.

Add the shrimp and stir to combine then turn off the heat and allow to sit on the warm burner.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining butter then add the spinach and some salt and pepper. Stir until spinach has wilted, about a minute or so.

Add wilted spinach to shrimp mixture.

Add cooked pasta to shrimp/spinach mixture and stir to combine.

Here we go! 
Here we go!

Saute the garlic, pepper and onion for a bit. 
Saute the garlic, pepper and onion for a bit.

Then add in the cream cheese, broth, half & half and salt and pepper. Cook until hot and cream cheese has melted. 
Then add in the cream cheese, broth, 
half & half and salt and pepper. 
Cook until hot and cream cheese has melted.

Throw in the Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. 
Throw in the Parmesan 
cheese and lemon juice.

Then add the shrimp. Turn off the heat and cover. 
Then add the shrimp. Turn off 
the heat and cover.

In a saucepan, wilt the spinach with the remaining butter. 
In a saucepan, wilt the spinach 
with the remaining butter.

Add the spinach to the shrimp mixture... 
Add the spinach to the shrimp mixture...

...then add in the pasta. 
...then add in the pasta.

Serve and enjoy! 
Serve and enjoy!