Sunday, January 20, 2013

Roasted Shrimp Fauxfredo

I'm pretty much obsessed with every kind of cheese in the world. Shredded, crumbled, block, I don't care. If its cheese I'll eat it. We all know I love goat cheese, but parmesan is right up there in my top 3 cheeses. It's great in salads, on top of pasta, and even as a sauce. Alfredo is a white sauce with tons of parm in it. It's AMAZING but horribly bad for you (I could be wrong but I believe the unhealthiest meal in the country is a certain Factory's Alfredo...). This recipe is yet another version of an alfredo sauce that I found on Pinterest and tweaked to make it fit my taste buds. It has a fabulous tang because of Greek yogurt instead of milk and cream. Daniel is pretty picky and he absolutely loved this. You can certainly use chicken instead of shrimp or leave it out all together (I wanted the protein), but it's your call. Its creamy and decadent but won't make your pants fit any tighter. If you don't tell the kids what's in it before they way, they'll love it, too!

1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp
1 box bow tie pasta (or your pasta of choice) 
2 tbs. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cornstarch or flour
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup 5 non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tsp. Kosher salt & pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 400*. Boil your pasta in a large pot of water seasoned with salt and olive oil (this is so the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot and to itself). 
2. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with 1 tbs. olive oil, and 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper. pour on a baking sheet and roast for 6 minutes EXACTLY! Meanwhile, sauté the garlic in the olive oil and set aside. 
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the nutmeg, cornstarch (or flour), and chicken broth. Once smooth, put in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the parmesan cheese and whisk until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and whisk in the sautéed garlic and yogurt until totally smooth. Add the remainder of the salt and pepper. 
4. Toss in the shrimp and top with a little more parmesan if you want and serve immedaitely.
enjoy :)

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