I've been remiss...My Saturday Foodie Post..oh wait...it ain't Saturday....

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Mortgage and Lending with Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank

 

So last night I got home...ooops, what to make for dinner in that I hadn't pulled anything out of the freezer.   What did I have on hand?

Baby spinach, pasta, bacon (who the heck doesn't like BACON), some cooked prawns, Asiago cheese, half n half, butter, garlic...ok, you get the picture.

 

So, I thawed some shrimp I had and removed the tails.  Into the fridge they went.  I you have the FRESH stuff, more power to you!  I took several slices of bacon, cut them into chunks and fried them up.  After they were done, drain on a paper towel and set aside.

The pasta (I used Vermicelli) was cooked in boiling salted water.  After done, drain then put back in the pan and keep warm.  I drizzle a little bit of olive oil into the warmed pasta to prevent it from sticking. 

For the sauce I used about 3 TBS butter, melted in a pan.  After it was melted I slowly added in some half n half.  Roughly 3/4 of a cup.  You'll just want to keep your burner on a low simmer as not to burn the butter or scald the half n half.  If you like, you could use heavy cream too.  Let the butter and cream thicken just a little and add a good heaping teaspoon of minced garlic.  Continue to simmer a bit then add in some grated Asiago cheese.  I put in a handful or so, probably about a half a cup.  (Can you tell I really don't follow a conventional "recipe"?  I just cook and add stuff as I go, tasting along the way)  Mix everything until you have a nice creamy texture.  Add in the crumbled bacon and the shrimp.  Because I was using shrimp that was already cooked and previously frozen, I put them just in long enough to warm through, as not to toughen them up.  I threw in some fresh chopped parsley as well. 

While the shrimp and bacon are warming through, take a few handfulls of some baby spinach leaves and fold into your warmed pasta.  I didn't want the spinach wilted at all, just warmed through.

Put the pasta in a plate or bowl, top off with your shrimp and bacon sauce mixture, top off with some additional grated cheese and some chopped parsley.  We had this and some garlic bread.  Hubby raved!  But give a man bacon and they'll surely be happy!  lol

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Susan Morrison
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA

Hi Karen- that look delicious-if I had to do that myself, it would not look as appetizing.

Jul 29, 2011 05:59 AM #1
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Li Read
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Mmmmm....I'm ready for dinner already, and it's just past breakfast!    Nice...am going to give this a try.

Jul 29, 2011 06:04 AM #2
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Thanks Susan!  I'm sure yours would be absolutely lovely!  Cheers to you! 

Jul 29, 2011 06:10 AM #3
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Good morning, Li!  Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoy!  Have a terrific day. 

Jul 29, 2011 06:14 AM #4
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John M. Scott
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Karen, what a wonderfully simple pasta dish! I've never tried making a sauce like that (usually use the bottled variety - probably why i haven't had pasta in a long, long time). Now I'm thinking pasta might be fun again!

Jul 29, 2011 06:35 AM #5
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Good morning, John!  Hope you are having a beautiful day down in the Bay!  This really was pretty simple.  I had actually seen Giada do a sauce with 1/4 of butter, then she added 3/4 cup (I think) of heavy cream then some cheese.  I had always started out making a "rue" with butter and flour, but this way was a lot easier!  I hope you enjoy!

Also, I've got a number of other pasta dishes if you click on the "foodie" link at the bottom of the post.

Have a great day! 

 

Jul 29, 2011 06:42 AM #6
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Krista Lombardi
Prudential Calfornia Realty - San Diego, CA

Hi Karen, Your recipe is the perfect thing for me to make this weekend. Looks so yummy! Thanks.

Jul 29, 2011 06:59 AM #7
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Thank you Krista!  I'll be anxious to hear how you like it!  Enjoy! 

Jul 29, 2011 07:15 AM #8
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Karen - Last night, I was out of bacon and spinach, but other than that, plus a bit of lemon zest in the sauce, that's exactly what we had for dinner. Yours was prettier, though.

Jul 29, 2011 07:55 AM #9
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Hi Dick!  I love lemon zest too.  I've been putting it in just plain pasta tossed with some garlic and olive oil, and even in white rice!  Gives a nice "lightness" to it.  Yours sounds delish!  Thank you for the kind words and for your visit.  :-)  Enjoy the day, and CHEERS to you! 

Jul 29, 2011 08:25 AM #10
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Steve Loynd
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Karen I'm starving this was a bad time to drop by your blog, but I think I have an idea for dinner tonight.

Jul 29, 2011 08:34 AM #11
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Steve go git yourself something to eat m'friend!  :)   If you end up making it, I think you will like.  What man doesn't like bacon for goodness sakes!?  Thanks for the visit, Steve.  Enjoy! 

Jul 29, 2011 09:41 AM #12
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Maggie McFarland
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Hi Karen! That looks GREAT! Always love your posts... thanks for sharing!

Jul 29, 2011 11:22 AM #13
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Good afternoon, Maggie!  Always good to see you too!  Thanks for the visit and you are most welcome.  Have a terrific weekend!  :) 

Jul 29, 2011 11:45 AM #14
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Pamela Cendejas
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WOW, Karen.  Perfect!

Jul 30, 2011 06:35 AM #15
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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THANKS Pam!  :-)

Jul 30, 2011 11:01 AM #16
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Oh my.  It is only 10:30 and this has made me very hungry.  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 31, 2011 04:23 AM #17
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Morning Richard!  Well you know what they say, "It's five-o'clock somewhere!"  lol.  Thanks for the visit! :)

Jul 31, 2011 07:18 AM #18
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Hello Karen and this looks "Yummy" and I will have to make this some time!

VB ;o)

Aug 01, 2011 07:02 PM #19
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
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Morning, VB!  I hope you enjoy!  Thanks for your visit and have a great day!  :)

Aug 02, 2011 05:47 AM #20
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