Jul 21, 2011

Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Pasta

As promised, here is the dinner we ate on Sunday night.

Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Pasta

3 spicy sausage links (my butcher sells spicy chicken sausage but you can use anything)
1/2 pound of shrimp peeled, no tails
1/4 cup onion chopped
4 minced garlic cloves
red pepper flakes to taste (I used 1/4 T)
3 chopped tomatoes (include the juice)
1/2 diced jalapeno-no seeds (you can sub the fresh tomatoes and jalapeno for Rotel)
1/4 cup white wine (I believe white wine should be a banned substance so I used cooking wine)
8 oz pasta
1/4 cup roughly cut cilantro

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile brown sausage in med sized skillet over med-high heat. Add onions halfway through sausage cooking time.  ***Health tip, you can remove the sausage to a plate with paper towels to soak up the grease. When using chicken sausage there is very little grease so this is mostly if you're using pork sausage. ****

Can you see the most important ingredient for my cooking?

3. Lower heat to med and add garlic cook 1 min
4. Add wine and bring to a simmer, reduce by half
5. Add tomatoes, jalapeno, red pepper flakes, and bring to a simmer.

In case you couldn't figure out what my secret ingredient, it's the wine.

6. Add shrimp and cook until they turn pink, about 3 minutes.
And yes, the wine that I'm drinking!

7. Top pasta with the shrimp mixture. After serving, top with cilantro.

The picture of it didn't come out well, so it really doesn't do it justice

This recipe took about 30 minutes, including my chopping time. If you are not a fast chopper, it may take a little longer. I thought I made enough food to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Ha! My family gobbled it up! There wasn't a drop of food left! Brett even ate the scraps off the girl's plates! I love how simple it was to make, yet it was so full of flavor and it tastes like it's difficult to make. And I don't know about your house, but once I start cooking, my kids act like they are starved children. (Mark is the worst one) So the faster I can get food on the table, the better! This recipe is a keeper!! Try it and let me know what you think.

Mark ate 3 helpings. Have you seen how skinny this kid is?
Where does he put it?

I will say if your kids are shrimp lovers, you can decrease the amount of sausage and increase the shrimp. My kids don't like shrimp unless it's shrimp cocktail so I use lots of sausage.


  1. I often wonder sometimes where people put what they eat!

  2. Yummy!! I will have to try this.. Looks really good!

  3. This sounds like my sort of weeknight meal.


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