Allrecipes.com lets readers rate recipes. They are given up to 5 stars. The past 2 recipes that I’ve tried have been given 4.5 to 5 stars. Both times I considered the reader comments and followed a few of the suggestions.
Tuesday I neglected to buy noodles while I was out doing errands. Fresh pasta is better anyway, right? It wasn’t too much work to pull the pasta machine off the closet shelf and clamp it onto the counter. My hands and arms probably needed the exercise of needing the semolina dough for 10 minutes, and cranking it through the machine, too.
While the noodles were drying, I sauted some chopped red pepper, white onion and frozen peas after roasting a few garlic cloves. The salad shrimp were pre-cooked, so I only had to defrost them under running water a few minutes before Joel arrived home from Digital River. The roux was easy enough: butter and flour in a skillet until it didn’t smell so floury, add milk and keep whisking until thickened. One of the suggestions was not to put too much cajun seasoning in, so I didn’t. Once the sauce started to bubble, I added the vegetables, garlic, shrimp, lemon juice and cajun seasoning, continuing to stir the mixture until it was heated through.
The fresh pasta boiled quickly, and there was more than enough to fill 2 plates. I topped each nest of #6 thickness fetuccine with several Betty Crocker Red Spoonfulls of the shrimp sauce. We had whole grain take-n-bake rolls on the side.
Bland, thin, boring. I added salt. Nope. I grabbed the McCormick’s cajun seasoning. No good. Salt? Not any better. Joel said…you need Lawry’s Seasoned Salt! Pepper. Not-uh. So. As you can see below, we are not in good standing with the Clean Plate Club.
The rolls were good. . .