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Tomato and Basil Pesto Penne with Garlic Shrimp. September is upon us: back to school. This is the time of year when we go back to the old routine, back to normal, and—why not say it— back to happiness! My two boys started school last Monday, and I feel like I can do whatever I want...
...like having an easy meal even my fourteen-year old son, Andrés Ignacio, could make by himself.
This is why I decided to give Barilla® Pronto™ a try. Not only is it the easiest way to cook pasta, but there is another good reason to have it. For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla®will donate 10 meals to kids in need through their No Kid Hungry campaign—up to half-a-million meals.*
In my house, we all kill for a good pasta. We love tomato sauce, we love pesto. I’m the one doing everything from scratch, but I’m also in the process of training my high school boy in the culinary arts.
By learning how to cook, he is growing independent. Cooking is a tool for life, and can open so many doors (as it did for me.) Food and recipes are excellent icebreakers and conversation starters...
So for him, Barilla® Pronto™ ready-to-use Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce, and ready-to-use Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto are simply perfect. They're not even hard to find: I buy them at my local Walmart.
He can make a full meal in just a couple of minutes without sacrificing flavor.
This tomato and basil penne with garlic shrimp is hearty, yummy and easy to make! There is no need to wait for the water to boil, to cook the pasta and strain it. You just put the pasta in a pot, add water, and when it's done, it's done! The only step left is adding some ready-to-use tomato sauce and some pesto to make it even more flavorful.
What can be better than that?
Well, for protein purposes, and so we can have a whole nutritious meal, my son added some garlic shrimp. Here is his recipe; I hope you like it!
Tomato and Basil Penne with Garlic Shrimp | Ingredients for 4 portions
16 large shrimp with tails, deveined
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 Barilla Pronto Penne
3 cups of water
1 Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce jar (24 oz)
8 tablespoons of Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto
Coarse sea salt
1. In a bowl, put the shrimp, olive oil, garlic, and some salt. Stir.
2. Preheat a grill skillet to medium heat.
3. Cook the shrimp for 3 minutes. Turn them over and cook for 3 minutes on each side.
4. In the meantime, pour the pasta into a large skillet. Add 3 cups of water, ½ teaspoon of salt and cook on high heat for 9-10 minutes, stirring regularly until the water is absorbed.
5. Add the tomato sauce and stir.
6. Serve the pasta, adding the pesto on top, and garnishing with 4 shrimp.
*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
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