Thursday, January 22, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Fancy Pasta

I made this dish last night and it was so yummy. Very light with fantastic flavors and the goat cheese round on top makes it extra special. Enjoy!

Shrimp, Tomato, and Basil Linguine with Goat Cheese Rounds
Serves: 4 (2 c. pasta mixture, 1 goat cheese round)
WW points: 12

1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
1 (4-ounce) package log-shaped goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 cups chopped seeded peeled plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups hot cooked linguine (about 12 ounces uncooked pasta)
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
Basil sprigs (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 2 1/2 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a shallow plate; cool completely. Slice goat cheese crosswise into 4 rounds. Press both sides of each round into breadcrumbs. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet; chill.
3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in tomato, water, sugar, and pepper; cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and salt; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from heat. Cover; keep warm.
4. Bake cheese rounds at 400° for 10 minutes or until soft but still holding their shape.
5. Add pasta and 1/2 cup basil to tomato mixture; toss to combine. Divide pasta mixture evenly among 4 bowls; top each serving with 1 goat cheese round. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.

* Mangonett's tips:
1. If your rushed on time, instead of making your own bread crumbs with the slice of bread, use 1/4 cup store bought bread crumbs. I used the Italian blend for extra flavor.
2. The tomato mixture actually cooks up rather quickly, if your feeling ambitious, bake your goat cheese rounds while making your pasta.


JennyLo said...

Omg this looks to die for. I am def trying this...thank you!