Giada De Laurentiis Creamy Shrimp Pasta is the decadent weeknight dinner of your dreams

Seafood and cheese is a controversial combination – although we (mostly) approve here at Salon Food, especially when you have recipes like Giada De Laurentiis Creamy Prawn Pasta.

“Seafood with cheesy pasta is one of our favorite cooking rules to break,” De Laurentiis wrote on Instagram.

Although this dish has a terrific combination of cheeses, it’s not as heavy as you might think, thanks to the inclusion of herbs, tomatoes and sour wine.

To start, add the pasta to a pot of salted boiling water until al dente, which means it’s soft enough to bite into, but still slightly firm. This will usually take about eight to ten minutes. Then drain the pasta and set it aside for later.

Over medium-high heat, add shrimp, garlic, salt and pepper in a frying pan. Stir often until shrimp turn pink; this should take about three minutes. Once well cooked, also set the shrimp aside for later.

Then, in the skillet, stir in the tomatoes, basil, parsley and red pepper flakes for two minutes. Then after, add the wine, the clam juice and the thick cream which you will bring to a boil. Once the sauce begins to bubble, reduce the heat to medium-high for seven minutes. As it simmers, the sauce will thicken to a luxurious, velvety texture. Then add the pasta and prawns, along with the remaining parmesan and herbs. And of course, salt and pepper to taste.

With the finishing touch of a sprinkle of cheese, your dish is ready to be served immediately. It’s easy enough to be a go-to weeknight meal. It’s also decadent enough for the upcoming holiday season, although it’s the kind of dish you’ll be serving all year round, making your loved ones say, “So what’s the special occasion?” Click on here for the full recipe.

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