Thursday, January 27, 2011

CEiMB: Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce and Shrimp

This week's pick for Craving Ellie in My Belly is from Jessica from Learning to love vegetables.  She chose for us to make the Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce from The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger.   I knew as soon as I saw this recipe that I wanted to make it.  I love roasted red peppers in pasta sauces, and the addition of feta cheese sounded delicious. 

I made a few additions to the dish that I thought would work well the red pepper sauce.  I added some chopped spinach and crushed pepper to the sauce.  Once it was pureed, I tasted it, and it tasted too much like just a jarred red pepper, so I added a few tablespoons of tomato paste to the sauce to add some sweetness and remove some of that "jarred" flavor.  It worked perfectly. While the pasta was cooking I sauteed some shrimp seasoned with salt and pepper in some olive oil.  Once they were cooked, I added them to the pasta and sauce. 

This was another great recipe for me.  I think the additions I made really enhanced the sauce, especially the crushed red pepper and the tomato paste.  I would definitely make this again, the shrimp were wonderful with the pasta, but I think shredded chicken or Italian sausage would also work well.  Thanks Jessica for a great pick, and be sure to check out the blogroll to see what others did with their recipe!


Kayte said...

Those changes sound fun and I think we would like that recipe as well. The shrimp look very pretty in this dish. YUM!

Melissa said...

Just tried this today with all your additions, Sarah - so good! I don't think I'd have thought of pureeing roasted red peppers with feta cheese for a pasta sauce, but what a fantastic combo - love your addition of the shrimp, too. The one difference I made to your recipe was that I added the chopped spinach after I pureed the sauce instead of before and then cooked it just a bit more, and I liked how the bits of green showed in the sauce - very pretty.
I'll definitely make this again!

Sarah said...


I am so glad you liked it! I love when I get feedback about the recipes I post here. Thanks so much for telling me about it.

Leslie said...

What great tweaks! I missed this one but I think I'm going to have to make it soon.