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