Tuesday, December 22, 2009

An Italian Christmas For Non Italians

Last night Shawn and I celebrated our own private Christmas before taking off to New York. It was a nice little night where we opened gifts from his parents and exchanged our own. We got a new pots and pans set - we couldnt be MORE excited!

Originally we wanted to make a ham but in the end there was no time. Ham is not really a Monday night cuisine, more of a Sunday evening let it cook for hours thing.

So we made a Spicy Seafood Linguine!
Ingredients (serves 2)
1/2 stick of butter
1 Lemon
8 Large Shrimp
5 Tubes of Calamari
1 King Crab Leg
3 Shallots (1 head)
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Box of Linguine
2 cups tomato sauce
Red Pepper Flakes, as spicy as you want it!
Salt and Pepper to taste!

Step One: As seafood takes almost no time to cook, set up your pasta to boil and add a little olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking and a little salt for flavor. When it comes to a boil add the pasta - it should boil for 11 minutes usually.

Step Two: In a large saute pan add your 1/2 stick of butter. Once melted add the shallots and the garlic and let it cook until soft. Add the shrimp first and let cook until the underside looks pink then flip and cover to steam for 5 minutes. Crack the crab into small pieces. Add the calamari to cook (should only take 5 minutes) - then the crab, then the pasta sauce and cover.

Step Three: Drain pasta and put directly into the pan and toss with the seafood & red sauce.

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