Friday, November 11, 2011

Creamy Garlic and Herb Shrimp Linguine .. with a twist!

Truth be told, I am not a good cook. I can make meals, but I, definitely, could not and would not do gourmet meals. For me, it takes a lot of time and energy to cook. I, sincerely, tip my hat to the people who enjoy cooking, just because they enjoy cooking. That's why you cannot describe the excitement that I have if I was able to cook a decent meal that my boys will actually enjoy. Obviously, ME.. being able to cook a decent meal doesn't happen very often.

So last weekend, I tried a recipe that I got from Kraft Canada. The recipe is called Creamy Garlic and Herb Shrimp Linguine. Here's the recipe..

the ingredients: 

220 g linguine, uncooked
2 cups fresh sugar snap peas 
3 Tbsp. Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tuscan Italian Dressing 
1 lb. (450 g) frozen uncooked deveined peeled large shrimp, thawed
1/2 cup (1/2 of 250-g tub) Philadelphia Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread
2/3 cup 25%-less-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp. Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

how to cook it:
Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding peas to the boiling water for the last 2 min.
Meanwhile, heat dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook 3 to 4 min. or until shrimp turn pink, stirring frequently. Transfer to bowl; cover to keep warm.
Add cream cheese spread and broth to skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 4 min. or until cream cheese is melted and sauce is thickened. (Do not let sauce come to boil.)

Drain pasta mixture. Add to sauce with shrimp mixture; mix well. Top with Parmesan and parsley.

My own twist:  

- I actually used fettuccine noodles because I, personally, prefer Fettuccine over Linguine. 
 - You can use any Extra Virgin Olive Oil, if you don't have a Kraft  Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tuscan Italian Dressing.
- I actually skipped the fresh sugar snap peas since I didn't have it at hand at that time.
- I added Scallops and Pre-cooked Mussels to turn it into Creamy Garlic and Herb Seafood Pasta.

The result..

See... that was easy!
I didn't follow the recipe as stated but it turned out to be good if not, better!