Quick and Easy Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

This angel hair pasta dish features shrimp and colorful vegetables — appealing to the eye and to the palate! Angel hair pasta is an extra-thin type of spaghetti that cooks quickly, so this dish is easy to pull together. You can add a variety of herbs to this hypertension-friendly recipe. Fresh chopped parsley, basil, or mint taste great. Children may or may not be accustomed to the herbs, so this recipe goes easy on the seasonings. You can always offer to toss in fresh herbs at the table.

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

Preparation time: 10–12 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

2 large garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups assorted julienned vegetables: carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, mushrooms, red cabbage

20 cooked and frozen shrimp, medium size (about 3/4 pound)

1/2 pound angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions without salt; save 1/4 cup cooking water

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil and sauté the vegetables and garlic for a minute or two, just until the vegetables are tender crisp; add the remaining olive oil to the pan and sauté the shrimp just until they heat through, about a minute.

  2. Pour the cooked, drained pasta into a serving bowl (being sure to reserve 1/4 cup liquid). Toss the cooked shrimp and vegetables with the cooked pasta and the water saved from cooking. Blend in the fresh herbs before serving. Garnish with Parmesan.

Per serving: Calories 349 (From Fat 111); Fat 12g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 48mg; Sodium 96mg; Carbohydrate 45g (Dietary Fiber 3g); Protein 16g; Potassium 302mg.

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