Longing for Summer…A Fresh Recipe

Although we are almost a month into spring, you would not know by looking at the thermometer. This past weekend showed us a glimpse of nicer days to come, but the gloom and snow flurries set in once again yesterday afternoon.

The gray skies left me wishing for rain instead of snow. I was dreaming about warmer weather and sunshine-filled skies. I found myself longing for summer and having a craving for fresh vegetables…a garden inspired meal.

Well, there is no garden planted yet as the snow is just bidding its farewell. A quick trip to the grocery store filled me with inspiration.

Tomato Basil Pasta

1/2 pound thin spaghetti

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1/2 pound raw peeled shrimp

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 cups raw baby spinach

parmesan cheese

1. Start a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, basil and tomatoes. Cook while occasionally stirring for 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Add shrimp to the skillet and cook another 6 to 8 minutes, depending on size. Shrimp will be pink in color when cooked through. Some tomatoes may begin to burst and release their juice to create a sauce.

4. Once shrimp are cooked through, add cooked pasta along with 1 cup of the cooking water. Toss all ingredients together along with 2 handfuls of raw spinach. Mix well until spinach begins to wilt.

5. Garnish with additional basil and parmesan cheese to taste.


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