Creamy Linguini with Shrimp

Creamy Linguini with Shrimp
Creamy Linguini with Shrimp

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 6

    oz. linguine (fresh is best)

  • 1

    tbsp. butter

  • 1/4

    lb. fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1/4

    C. butter

  • 2-3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 3

    oz. cream cheese (low-fat works fine)

  • 2

    Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

  • 3/4

    tsp dried basil

  • salt, to taste

  • 1/4

    tsp. fresh ground pepper

  • 1/2

    C. chicken broth, boiling

  • 1/2

    lb cooked shrimp

  • 1/4

    C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

Instructions: Boil linguini in lightly salted water. Drain. For sauce: Heat one tablespoon of butter in skillet over med-high heat. Add mushrooms. Saute until tender. Transfer mushrooms to a small plate and set aside. Heat the 1/4 cup butter in skillet. Add the minced garlic, then stir in the cream cheese. Allow cheese to melt, then add the parsley and basil. Let simmer five minutes. Add boiling (or very hot-- the microwave works well for this) chicken broth til sauce is smooth (as needed). Add shrimp and mushrooms and heat through, about 2 minutes. Toss cooked pasta with sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve. Note: Using pre-cleaned, pre-cooked shrimp makes this easy romantic dinner recipe even easier. But if you have uncooked shrimp, simply clean them and toss them in with the mushrooms to cook. To make this a complete (and completely delicious) meal, buy a nice herbed fociacca bread and dip it in "Italian butter," which is simply olive oil topped with fresh ground pepper. Yum!

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