Sometimes you see a recipe in your latest issue of Bon Appetit magazine and you think it looks great, you make your shopping list, go out get all the ingredients, then come home and make it. Upon your first bite one of two things happens. Either the recipe met your expectations and you think it’s great, so great that you keep it and want to make it again, or it’s a little disappointing and you think it lacks something.
Then there’s the other kind of recipes. The unwritten ones, the ones that you make up because you don’t feel like shopping and you challenge yourself to come up with something based on the ingredients you have in the house. This situation is when you can really showcase your cooking skills to your friends and family. They already think you’re a great cook, so prove them right.
The following recipe is one of those other kind. It was developed out of the lack of motivation to go to the store and the even less desire to get dressed and dine out for the evening. This shrimp and sausage pasta dish is simple but complex, delicious but easy, and has become a favorite of those who’ve tried it.
Sausage and Shrimp over Alfredo Farfalle
1 T olive oil
3 Johnsonville Italian sausages, casings removed
1/2 medium red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
1 pound bow tie pasta, cooked al dente and drained
1 jar sun dried tomato alfredo sauce (or homemade if you dare)
In medium saute pan over medium high heat, heat olive oil. Add sausages breaking up into bite sized pieces as it browns. Add onion and garlic and continue to cook until sausage is brown and onion softens. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add shrimp, reducing heat to low. Meanwhile cook bow tie pasta then drain and add back to pot, stirring in desired amount of alfredo sauce. When shrimp is cooked through, about 5 minutes remove from heat and add parsley. To serve, put the sauced pasta on a plate and top with sausage and shrimp mixture. Alternately, you can mix the sausage, shrimp and pasta all together and coat with the sauce.
Be sure to head out to your local fish market to pick up the shrimp, or you can get all of your ingredients at Publix, Winn Dixie or Joseph’s Classic Market on Military in Boca.