I love shrimp, so this is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I thought I would share it with you in case you need a last minute Valentine’s Day dinner idea! The sauteed shrimp takes less than ten minutes to prepare. This was the first time I attempted homemade bread sticks, but they were delicious. Enjoy.
Sauteed Shrimp Pasta
Step 2: Melt your butter over low heat and add your Italian dressing mix. Stir well.
Step 3: Add your shrimp and stir well so they are coated in the sauce.
Step 4: Cook the shrimp for 4 minutes, or until they turn pink. Don’t overcook! Overcooked shrimp tastes like rubber, ew.
At this point, it should look like this deliciousness:
Remove the shrimp from the heat as soon as they are done, so they don’t continue to cook.
Step 5: Boil your angel hair pasta according to the package instructions, and serve the shrimp over the pasta.
Ugh, I wish I had leftovers. Now, onto the bread sticks.
Step 2: Combine 2 cups of flower and salt and set it aside.
Step 3: Combine the yeast mixture with 1 cup of warm water, the honey and egg in a large bowl and beat until blended.
Step 4: Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until it’s completely mixed.
Step 5: Stir in the remaining 2 cups of flour until dough forms. DO NOT try to mix the rest of the flour in with your beaters like I did. It makes a huge mess. Mix it in with a wooden spoon.
Step 6: Turn the dough out onto a well-floured counter and knead it for 5 minutes. Then, put it in a greased bowl, cover it and allow it to rise for 15 minutes. You’re supposed to leave it in an 85° space, but it’s winter…so I set mine in a cabinet.
Step 7: Turn the dough out onto the counter again and mix it with plenty of flour, so it’s no longer sticky. Shape it into a 21-inch by 6-inch rectangle and cut into 21 strips. I’m not going to lie, this was not easy! I found that the dough was too stick to cut through, so I grabbed balls of dough and shaped them into strips.
Step 8: Twist each strip twice, and place the strips on a greased cookie sheet.
Step 9: Cover the sheet and place it in a “warm area” again for 10 minutes.
Step 10: While you’re waiting, melt your butter in a small saucepan and stir in the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
Step 11: Brush the bread sticks with the butter mixture and bake at 400° for 12 minutes.
Step 12: Brush the bread sticks with the remaining butter and place in a serving basket.
And there’s your simple Italian dinner! I paired it with a bottle of Mirassou Cabernet and decorated the table with mason jar candle centerpieces.