March 7, 2006

I'm in the Mood for Shrimp

Do you ever get food cravings...of coarse you do. Like I've said many times before Italian is one of my favorite foods. When you add pasta, shrimp and pesto together you get this great meal. It's easy to whip up when you are in a hurry.

On a side note: Thanks to everyone who voted for RUDY as Purina's Pet of the Month. He won! You can view him on the website.

Cilantro Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Scallops
16 oz Paste Penne
3 oz Cilantro Pesto*
4 tbsp Butter
8 oz medium Shrimp
8 oz Scallops
2 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 sprigs Parsley

Sprinkle the shrimp and scallops with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat, cook the seafood until just tender and lightly browned [about 5 minutes]. In a bowl mix together the [cooked] pasta and cilantro pesto. Serve the seafood on a bed of the pasta mixture, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and garnish with a sprig of parsley.*

Cilantro Pesto
1 Lb Fresh Cilantro
3 oz Macadamia nuts
4 oz Parmesan Cheese
2/3 cup Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Wash and cut the stems from the cilantro. Place the cilantro, Macadamia nuts and Parmesan cheese in the blender and liquefy. Gradually add olive oil until a paste forms. Set aside.

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