Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pasta w/Sausage, Shrimp & Peperoncini

Absolutely scrumptious.  I waited to taste test this before posting this amazing recipe from Bon Appetit.  My husband LITERALLY licked the plate clean.  It comes together super fast.

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 pound spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
* 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini plus 1 cup liquid from jar
* 1/2 cup chopped shallots
* 2 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 teaspoon dried basil
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
* 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
* 8 ounces penne pasta
* 3 tablespoons grated Asiago cheese
* Sliced fresh basil (for garnish)
* Additional grated Asiago cheese

Heat oil in heavy large pot over high heat. Add sausage; cook until browned, breaking into pieces, about 4 minutes. Add peperoncini, shallots, and next 6 ingredients; cook until shallots are tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add pepperoncini liquid; stir until most of liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add Marinara, cream, and shrimp. Cook until shrimp are cooked through, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in another large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring often. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.
Transfer pasta and 3 tablespoons cheese to pot with sauce; stir to incorporate. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with basil and additional cheese.

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