Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta in Champagne Cream Sauce
Here’s another romantic recipe for Valentine’s Day that lets you incorporate the champagne you’ve already bought into the main course. For best results, use fresh herbs and ingredients instead of dried… although if you’re on a budget, don’t worry. You’ll still be able to conjure up a comforting mix of Italian pasta goodness nonetheless!
• 8 ounces angel hair pasta
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
• 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
• 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 1 1/2 cup champagne
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons minced shallots
• 2 plum tomatoes, diced
• 1 cup heavy cream
• salt and pepper to taste
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
• freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Cook and stir mushrooms in oil until tender. Remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside.
Combine shrimp, champagne, and salt in the frying pan, and cook over high heat. When liquid just begins to boil, remove shrimp from pan. Add shallots and tomatoes to champagne; boil until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 8 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup cream; boil until slightly thick, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and mushrooms to sauce, and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Toss hot, cooked pasta with remaining 1/4 cup cream and parsley. To serve, spoon shrimp with sauce over pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese.