Dinner in minutes

Pepper flakes perk up shrimp and pasta

 
 
Serve Shrimp and Zucchini Fettuccini with a tossed salad.
Serve Shrimp and Zucchini Fettuccini with a tossed salad.
Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

Main dish

Shrimp and Zucchini Fettuccini (Fettuccini a la Mare)

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 cup thinly sliced zucchini

1 cup sliced red bell pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup dry white wine

3/4 pound peeled shrimp

1/4 pound fresh fettuccini

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Place a large pot with 3 to 4 quarts of water on to boil for the pasta.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the garlic, zucchini and red bell pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften. Add the pepper flakes and wine and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and remove from the heat.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions, 3 minutes for fresh and about 9 minutes for dried. Drain and add pasta to the skillet with shrimp. Place over medium-high heat and simmer about 1 minute or until the shrimp are cooked through. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 610 calories (18 percent from fat), 12.4 g fat (2.6 g saturated, 6.0 g monounsaturated), 262 mg cholesterol, 45.8 g protein, 55.9 g carbohydrates, 4.2 g fiber, 348 mg sodium.


linda@dinnerinminutes.com

Pasta is dressed up with shrimp, zucchini and red bell pepper in this 15-minute meal. The vegetables cook for a couple of minutes in a skillet, white wine is added, and shrimp cooks for a few more minutes in the white wine sauce. The shrimp remain juicy and tender this way.

If you complete the meal with a ready-to-eat salad tossed with reduced-fat vinaigrette, it will contain about 640 calories with 20 percent of calories from fat.

Helpful Hints

• Four crushed garlic cloves can be used instead of minced garlic.

• Dried fettuccini can be used. It will take a few minutes longer to cook.

• Use kitchen tongs to toss the pasta and turn the shrimp in the skillet.

Countdown

• Place water for pasta on to boil.

• Make pasta dish.

• Finish peppers.

Shopping list

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 1 zucchini, 1 red bell pepper, 1 bottle red pepper flakes, 1 bottle dry white wine, 3/4 pound peeled shrimp, 1 box fresh or dried fettuccini, 1 piece Parmesan cheese.

Staples: Olive oil, minced garlic, salt, black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of “Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.” Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer.

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