I was on a flight the other week and noticed that a Food Network Star Chef was on my flight. No, not Rachel Ray (can you imagine – five hours in a locked tube with circulated air with that woman? I might have DIED. Fine, she is cute and gets people to cook, but does she ever have a bad day?). I could go on and on about Rachel, but I digress. Said Chef was not Rachel, but Giada de Laurentiis, in the flesh. She seems very nice (on the show – I did not talk to her) despite having the most irritating way of saying "spaghetti" I have ever heard (her version "spigEEtti" makes we want to hurl). So when I watch her show, on occasion, I watch it on mute. Much more tolerable. Or maybe I have boob envy, I don’t know. She also has ridiculous boobs. If you have ever seen her show, you know what I am talking about.
Anyway. I never make any of her food, probably because I never listen to her show, so though I can see what she is doing, I really have no idea what’s happening.
Tonight I had a craving for shrimp, go figure. Two nights in a row – a shrimp pasta for me. And I decided to give one of her recipes a try. You might be asking how I knew what she was making, since per my comment above, I had not actually listened to her as she described the ingredients. Well, not being a moron, I remembered seeing her on mute make the pasta with shrimp, lemon, garlic and shallots – all ingredients I know on sight…so thanks to Google, I landed on her recipe. Trust me, it was not so easy, just typing "Giada Shrimp Pasta" will not get you to the same place.
And her recipe was darn good. I give props where props are due, so if you are a cook, safely try this one. I bet you will be pleased. I would add a little white wine into the shrimp in addition to lemon juice (I did not tonight because much to my horror, we are out of white wine). I also used a lot of red pepper flakes. Be generous with the seasoning. The arugula is a great touch (arugula, I have determined goes with just about everything, and in everything…it’s a soup, a salad, a pasta enhancer. I may paint our apartment with it and take it out shopping).
Here is a picture from her recipe page on www.foodtv.com:
My shrimp looked slightly more appetizing (not pale and sad like hers) but I cannot find my camera, so this will have to do. Here is a link to the recipe. Go make some shrimp spigheeti. Mmmm mmmm good.