Friday, September 12, 2008

Fun Friday Feast

Last Monday I was going to make a meal with shrimp, but by the time dinner rolled around, I just didn't feel like cooking (we went to Longboards instead- YUMMY!), so I ended up with leftover, thawed, raw shrimp.  Well, I needed to come up with some way to use the shrimp, so I decided to make a shrimp dish for Fun Friday Feast.  Here we go!

How to make Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Casserole

Ingredients:


3 cups bow tie pasta (I used 14 oz. penne)
1 (10 ounce) container alfredo sauce (I used 2 10 oz. jars sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce)
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (12 ounce) package frozen frozen medium thawed, peeled, deveined, cooked shrimp
1/3 cup dried breadcrumbs (I used Panko- my favorite kind)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon italian seasonings (Ijust eyeballed dried oregano, basil, and parsley)
2 cans mushroom stems and pieces (optional)
2 T olive oil (for cooking shrimp)
2 heads of garlic, minced (for cooking shrimp)

Heat oven to 350 F. Cook pasta according to package directions.



Drain.



While pasta is cooking, prepare shrimp.  Remove shells (mine were deviened and peeled out of the package).



Mince garlic.



Heat 2 T olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.  Add shrimp and garlic.  Cook shrimp until pink (about 5 minutes).



Once pasta is drained, place into large bowl and add 2 cans of mushrooms,



3/4 cup half-and-half cream,



1/4 cup parmesan cheese,



2 cans of alfredo sauce, black pepper and cooked shrimp.  Stir to combine.



Pour into 13x9 baking dish,  cover with foil (learned this after the fact) and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.



After 40 minutes combine the melted butter, bread crumbs, and italian seasoning and sprinkle over pasta.  (Hint: I had to sprinkle some non-buttered bread crumbs over the pasta to cover the whole dish).



Place back into oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, uncovered, until bread crumbs are golden brown. (Hint: I had to turn the broiler on Lo and cook like that for a couple of minutes to get the bread crumbs to brown).



Serve your dish with a side of garlic bread and salad and you'll have an awesome meal!

Here is a link to the actual recipe so I don't have to retype it all here.  Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Casserole.

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