Penne Alfredo with Asian Flavored Shrimps


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When I started blogging four years ago, I have never thought the beautiful things it would bring in my life. Apart from meeting so many wonderful people from around the globe, it elevated my cooking and photography skills to another level!

In my culinary travel around the world, I always like to just change a little bit things up. This is what food is all about, experimenting, testing, trying, failing, succeeding, and making very tasty meals or sometimes total failure ones! Either way, we learn valuable lessons regarding flavors, techniques, chemistry of food! Failure is as necessary as success! Actually, it is more important than success, because we never forget a failure and we always try hard not to do it again, isn’t it?

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Anyway, this recipe was definitely a success and it falls under the fusion meal category. I wanted to see what would happen if I made a dish with Italian flavor and infused it with some Asian flavored seafood.

Would these two different kitchens be able to pair with each other or not?

Well, the experiment was a big success! The salty and savory pasta matched perfectly with the sweet, Asian flavors of the shrimps. I will definitely be making this again because apart from being a very tasty dish it is also very quick. Taking out the time I marinated the shrimps, it took me half an hour to make it, beginning to end. And I am not a professional cook; neither do I have help in my kitchen. I do everything myself; I and my two hands. So, without further ado, let’s go and make it.

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Penne Alfredo with Asian Flavored Shrimps (the recipe is for 2 persons)

Ingredients

For the shrimps

1 tbsp less sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp Marsala wine (you can use any sweet wine you have)

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp green and red pepper (you can increase the heat by adding more pepper)

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp shezhuan mix

¼ salt (if you use regular soy sauce omit the salt)

About 20 medium sized shrimps

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For the Penne Alfredo

300 gr. Penne

200 ml heavy cream

½ cup regato

½ cup parmigiano reggiano

1 cup pasta water

¼ tsp nutmeg

100 gr. Margarine (you can use butter, I always use margarine to save some calories)

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Instructions

In a non-reactive bowl place all the ingredients of the marinade and mix well to be incorporated.

Add the shrimps and let them marinate for at least half an hour maximum one hour.

In a pan pour the marinade and place it in medium high heat.

Let it boil for a minute or two and then add the shrimps.

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Cook for about two minutes, they do not need more, and remove from stove. By then the sauce would have thicken, looking like a caramel covering the shrimps.

While you make the shrimps, you can also boil the pasta according to your liking and reserve one cup of their water.

Just a small trick to reduce the time of the preparation of pasta. If you have a boiler for hot water, just fill it with water and it will be boiled in no time. Then pour the boiled water in the pot in high heat and the water will be ready for the pasta very quickly. This is what I do to save time when things are getting quite hectic around here!

Five minutes before the pasta is done, prepare the sauce Alfredo.

In a pan put the margarine or butter in medium high heat.

Add the heavy cream and the nutmeg and let it boil for a minute.

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Throw the pasta and half the quantity of the cheese and toss. If the sauce thickens add a little bit from the pasta water.

Throw the rest of the cheese and again if you find it thick just add some pasta water and toss again.

You can add salt as well, if you like it salty. I didn’t, because I thought it was salty enough for my taste.

In a plate put the pasta and on top of it the shrimps. Simple and full of flavors!

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Now the giveaway!

In my previous post I got many comments regarding Mastic and how difficult it is to find it where you live.

So, because I really want you to try it and see how aromatic it is, I am willing to mail one 5 gr.  package of Mastic to each one of the people who commented in my previous post. So, whoever of you guys wants me to send you some mastic to try it, please send me your address via e-mail.

  Pasta Alfredo with Shrimps.JPG I am sending this to Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday!

 

Penne Alfredo with Asian Flavored Shrimps and a Giveaway
 
Prep time

Cook time

Total time

 

Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Serves: 2

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the shrimps
  • 1 tbsp less sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Marsala wine (you can use any sweet wine you have)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp green and red pepper (you can increase the heat by adding more pepper)
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp shezhuan mix
  • ¼ salt (if you use regular soy sauce omit the salt)
  • About 20 medium sized shrimps
For the Penne Alfredo
  • 300 gr. Penne
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • ½ cup regato
  • ½ cup parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 100 gr. Margarine (you can use butter, I always use margarine to save some calories)

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a non-reactive bowl place all the ingredients of the marinade and mix well to be incorporated.
  2. Add the shrimps and let them marinate for at least half an hour maximum one hour.
  3. In a pan pour the marinade and place it in medium high heat.
  4. Let it boil for a minute or two and then add the shrimps.
  5. Cook for about two minutes, they do not need more, and remove from stove.
  6. By then the sauce would have thicken, looking like a caramel covering the shrimps.
  7. While you make the shrimps, you can also boil the pasta according to your liking and reserve one cup of their water.
  8. Just a small trick to reduce the time of the preparation of pasta.
  9. If you have a boiler for hot water, just fill it with water and it will be boiled in no time.
  10. Then pour the boiled water in the pot in high heat and the water will be ready for the pasta very quickly.
  11. This is what I do to save time when things are getting quite hectic around here!
  12. Five minutes before the pasta is done, prepare the sauce Alfredo.
  13. In a pan put the margarine or butter in medium high heat.
  14. Add the heavy cream and the nutmeg and let it boil for a minute.
  15. Throw the pasta and half the quantity of the cheese and toss.
  16. If the sauce thickens add a little bit from the pasta water.
  17. Throw the rest of the cheese and again if you find it thick just add some pasta water and toss again.
  18. You can add salt as well, if you like it salty. I didn’t, because I thought it was salty enough for my taste.
  19. In a plate put the pasta and on top of it the shrimps.
  20. Simple and full of flavors!

Πέννες Αλφρέντο με Γαρίδες σε Ασιατική Σάλτσα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Fusion

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 κ.σ. σάλτσα σόγιας με λιγότερο αλάτι
  • 1 κ.σ. ξίδι ρυζιού
  • 1 κ.σ. μέλι
  • 1 κ.σ. σησαμέλαιο
  • 1 κουταλιά της σούπας κρασί Marsala (μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε οποιοδήποτε γλυκό κρασί)
  • ¼ κ.γ. σκόνη σκόρδου
  • ¼ κ.γ. σκόνη κρεμμύδι
  • ¼ κ.γ. πράσινο και κόκκινο
  • ½ κ.γ. τζίντζερ
  • ½ κ.γ. μίγμα shezhuan
  • ¼ αλάτι (εάν χρησιμοποιείσετε κανονική σάλτσα σόγιας παραλείψτε το αλάτι)
  • Περίπου 20 μεσαίου μεγέθους γαρίδες
Για τις Πέννες Alfredo
  • 300 γρ. πέννες
  • 200 ml κρέμα γάλακτος
  • ½ φλ. ρεγκάτο
  • ½ φλ. parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 φλ. νερό ζυμαρικών
  • ¼ κ.γ. μοσχοκάρυδο
  • 100 γρ. μαργαρίνη (μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε βούτυρο)

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα γυάλινο μπολ βάλτε όλα τα υλικά της μαρινάδας και ανακατέψτε καλά να ενσωματωθούν.
  2. Προσθέστε τις γαρίδες και αφήστε να μαριναριστεί από μισή έως μία ώρα.
  3. Σε ένα τηγάνι ρίξτε τη μαρινάδα και βάλτε το στη φωτιά σε μέτρια/ψηλή θερμοκρασία.
  4. Αφήστε το να βράσει για ένα λεπτό ή δύο, και στη συνέχεια προσθέστε τις γαρίδες.
  5. Μαγειρέψτε για περίπου δύο λεπτά, δεν χρειάζονται περισσότερα, και αποσύρετέ το από τη φωτιά.
  6. Λογικά η σάλτσα θα έχει καραμελώσει και θα καλύπτει τις γαρίδες.
  7. Ενώ κάνετε τις γαρίδες, μπορείτε επίσης να βράσετε τα ζυμαρικά σύμφωνα με τις προτιμήσεις σας και να διατηρήσετε ένα φλυτζάνι από το νερό τους όταν τα στραγγίσετε.
  8. Πέντε λεπτά πριν γίνουν τα ζυμαρικά, ετοιμάστε τη σάλτσα Αλφρέντο.
  9. Σε ένα βαθύ τηγάνι βάλτε την μαργαρίνη ή το βούτυρο σε μέτρια/ψηλή θερμοκρασία.
  10. Προσθέστε την κρέμα γάλακτος και το μοσχοκάρυδο και αφήστε το να βράσει για ένα λεπτό.
  11. Ρίξτε τα ζυμαρικά και τη μισή ποσότητα του τυριού και ανακατέψτε.
  12. Αν η σάλτσα είναι πολύ σφιχτή προσθέστε λίγο από το νερό των ζυμαρικών.
  13. Ρίξτε το υπόλοιπο τυρί και πάλι εάν η σάλτσα πήξει πολύ προσθέσετε λίγο νερό ζυμαρικών και ανακατέψτε και πάλι.
  14. Μπορείτε να προσθέσετε αλάτι αν σας αρέσει πιο αλμυρό.
  15. Εγώ δεν έβαλα γιατί μου φάνηκε εντάξει.
  16. Σε μια πιατέλα βάλτε τα ζυμαρικά και από πάνω τις γαρίδες.

 

49 Responses to Penne Alfredo with Asian Flavored Shrimps

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  1. cassie says:

    I’m a big fan of alfredo. yum!

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  3. I was fixed looking at your pasta dish, it looks so appetizing, I am getting the taste for it.

    Now I surely cant get Mastic here around, thats generous of u, sending whoever wants some.

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  5. Kirsten says:

    Katerina, that pasta is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on the 4th year milestone of your blog!

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  7. bergamot says:

    You have blended two cultures to get a new recipe. looks great.

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  9. Faith says:

    This dish is the perfect comfort food — so creamy and delicious! And I love the addition of shrimp!

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  11. what a great fusion!! asian and italian, my fmaily would love this!

    ps, thanks for stopping by my blog. I found your comment in my spam folder (hate that!), lovely space!

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  13. kyleen says:

    Mhmm this looks delicious! I actually just ate spaghetti with alfredo sauce for dinner tonight, so my creamy, rich, heart-attack-inducing cravings of alfredo sauce pasta should be gone, but their coming back with a vengeance.

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  15. Juliana says:

    What an interesting combination of Asian and Italian…looks delicious and very innovative.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Katerina :)

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  17. Rita says:

    I so enjoyed reading your post; it spoke of what blogging has does for me; it changed my life.
    You are so talented, I am happy I found you in this vast blogland. I feel as if I know you.
    Ir it’s Alfredo it will be a hit at our house; love to find recipes for 2; Merci Katerina.
    Rita

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  19. Margarita says:

    Simple, delicious, beautiful! I love penne and shrimp, but never tried cooking it with some soy sauce. Thank you for the mastik giveaway!

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  21. You are so right – food is all about experimenting. That’s what makes it fun, right? Love this shrimp dish. I’ve added it to my list of must make recipes. :)

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  23. Kathy says:

    This dish looks so delicious!! Pasta and Alfredo sauce are one of my favorites…the shrimp is such a nice addition!

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  25. Hannah says:

    What a creative culinary mash-up! I would never have thought that Asian flavors would fit into an alfredo, but it seems like it could really work here. Now I’m curious to try this with tofu and vegan cheese!

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  27. Liz says:

    4 years of blogging…you’re a star!!!! This dish looks amazing!!! Love shrimp with pasta. And thanks for the lovely giveaway…what a wonderful gesture :) I won’t ask you to send me any across the ocean~

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  29. rosita says:

    Katerina es una combinación perfecta una delicia de chuparse los dedos como decimos acá,abrazos y abrazos.

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  31. Z. says:

    Όμορφος και “εξωτικός” συνδυασμός!
    Μ΄αρέσουν τα ζυμαρικά με τα θαλασσινά και αυτό το τόσο προσεγμένο πιάτο πληροί τις προϋποθέσεις για να είναι ένα πολύ λαχταριστό γεύμα.

    Φιλιά Κατερίνα μου.
    Ζ.

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  33. Miz Helen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  35. Great job on this, Katerina! Most of the time, fusion dishes are so delicious! I believe this one is!

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  37. Joanne says:

    One of the perks of blogging is definitely that it exposes us to a whole knew cornucopia of foods and flavors. I would not have thought to combine alfredo with Asian flavors…but really, why not?

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  39. sally says:

    Asian and Italian fusion–how creative! Congrats on 4 years of blogging!

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  41. Mrs. Jen B says:

    Ohhhh come to mama…

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  43. Sandi says:

    YUM! My little family would love this :)
    And I agree with you – blogging has opened up a whole new world!

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  45. Beth says:

    Four years of blogging — that’s unbelievable! It’ll be two years for me this July, and I hope I’m still blogging two years from now.

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  47. muppy says:

    sounds very delicious!!! i love how blogging has opened my world up to some of the most amazing people and food too :)

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  49. Mary says:

    I don’t think you can go wrong with great shrimp and pasta. This sounds good to me!

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  51. Ranjani says:

    What an interesting combination! I will have to try a fusion recipe like this

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  53. Raina says:

    I love experimenting with new foods too. I do have a lot of fails, but you are right, we learn from them. This looks really wonderful. I would not have thought to put these flavors together; I am glad you did. I bet the combination of flavors really go great together:)

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  55. Lori says:

    There is nothing like a comforting bowl of pasta. I like how this one is easy on the sauce, just enough to add great flavor. It looks delicious!

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  57. Corina says:

    Katrina, that is so lovely of you. I’ll look forward to trying out your recipe and this pasta dish looks gorgeous too.

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  59. Gourmantine says:

    Wow, what an interesting combination of flavors! I’d certainly never of bringing them together, but why not, right? :)

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  61. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Καλησπέρα Κατερίνα μου!!!Υπέροχο το πιάτο σου οι γαριδούλες είναι φοβερές!!!πραγματικά απίθανος συνδυασμός!!!Πολύ ωραία η κίνηση με τη μαστίχα!!!Μη με συμπεριλάβεις και μένα,είμαι υπερ καλυμμένη εξάλου εμείς βρίσκουμε πολύ εύκολα!Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ πάντως!!!Πολλά πολλά φιλιά!!!

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  63. Cucina49 says:

    What a great-looking fusion dish. I can see where the slightly vinegary shrimp preparation would keep the alfredo from seeming too rich!

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  65. It is pretty cool to look back and see how far you have come. I do that every once in a while just to give myself a little boost.
    This fusion dish does look amazing! I imagine the asian spices paired with the creamy parmesan pasta makes for a delicious bite.
    Also, sweet of you to offer to send the mastic but I have found a supplier and I would not want you to go to all that trouble since I can get it myself. However, for the ones that can’t I am sure they will be happy to receive your gift of mastic. Have a great day!

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  67. Hmmm very delicious pasta! I love that you put abundant shrimps on top. East meet West kinda dish. :-) I agree. I’ve never knew I would meet so many nice people and I enjoy taking pictures of food…. lol. Thank you for including me on the giveaway. You are a very generous person. When I need this ingredient and can’t find in my area (I live in SF – I’m pretty sure I can find this), I know whom to ask. :-) Thank you for your very kind offer!

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  69. gloria says:

    I love shrimps and this look delicious Caterina!!

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  71. It sounds like the marriage of the two cuisines was a success.

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  73. Kate says:

    Failure is also important because otherwise how would you know you had a success?

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  75. Susan says:

    I love pasta and shrimp together and I love shrimp anytime but especially in the spring and summer. How wonderful that the two flavors taste so delicious together!

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  77. Marion says:

    Γεια σου Κατερίνα :)
    Υπέροχο το πιάτο σου σήμερα. Τις γαρίδες τις τρώω ευχάριστα καισκέτες αλλά αν επιμένεις θα φαω και τις πενες :) )

    Πολύ ωραία η ιδέα σου για την μαστίχα. Εννοείται πως δεν θα στειλεις σε μένα :) . Εμεις εχουμε τη χαρά να την βρισκουμε πολύ εύκολα την μαστίχα. Αλλά για τους μπλογκερς σε άλλη χωρα αυτό είναι πολύ ωραία ιδέα να την δοκιμάσουν.

    ΦΙλιά πολλά :)

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  79. Καλημέρα Κατερίνα μου! Τι ενδιαφέρον πάντρεμα κουζινών είναι αυτό!! Το πιάτο σου φαίνεται πολύ κομψό και προσεγμένο!
    Έχεις απόλυτο δίκιο σε όσα γράφεις στον πρόλογό σου! Το blogging προσφέρει τόσα πολλά και όμορφα πράγματα!
    Ωραίο και το giveaway μαστίχας!! Μου έφερε μπόλικη η κουμπάρα μου, οπότε εμένα μπορείς να με παραλείψεις!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  81. Mari says:

    Ωραίο το πιάτο σου Κατερίνα, μου αρέσουν πάρα πολύ οι γαρίδες με τα ζυμαρικά.
    Φιλιά πολλά

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  83. Ξανθή says:

    Καλημέρα Κατερίνα, λατρεύω τις γαρίδες και αυτή η ιδέα σου θα μαγειρευτεί σύντομα.

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  85. Ola says:

    Interesting combination! what is this:shezhuan mix?

    thanks for this nice surprize you made to me!

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

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  87. Looks like a really delicious combination of flavors! Great picture, I love your tablecloth, very pretty.

    Thanks for the offer for mastic, I will ask a good friend of mine who goes to visit her family to bring some back for me to try so others may get a chance :)

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  89. Jeannie says:

    That plate of fushion penne alfredo sure looks good! Look at the shrimps, so yummmy! I love simple recipes like this one:) Thanks for putting me on the list for the mastic, I have tried it and find it really wonderful so I’ll pass on this so another blogger can have a chance to enjoy it as well:D

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  91. Julie says:

    Beautiful dish. Your pictures are lovely, too.

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  93. This dish is proof that simple is best. Love it!

    Velva

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  95. Julie M. says:

    I had no idea you’d been blogging for four years; that’s amazing! This dish looks incredible. I love the fusion of flavors you’ve put together here.

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  97. This recipe looks great – I like fusion dishes!

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