Shrimp… Simple, Quick, and a little Fancy

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I always keep a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer, I like it for the convenience when I don’t have time to run out and get fresh, it’s easy to defrost, and it makes for a very quick dinner, and besides for a minimal amount of money I can get a few meals out of one bag. I think I paid $11.00 dollars for a 2 pound bag of jumbo cleaned and deveined ready to cook shrimp, you can’t beat that! Here’s a couple of my favorite ways to prepare it.

Bucatini with Shrimp and Roasted Tomato sauce
1.Roast your tomatoes at 400F till all of the juices burst out, remove from oven. I used those Campari tomatoes on the vine, cut in half drizzled with olive oil, S&P.
2.While tomatoes are roasting saute some shaved garlic in olive oil and toss your shrimp in there, remove when they’re almost done.
3. Toss in some white wine, reduce a little and scrape all the tomatoes and every bit of the juices into the pan,
4. Add back your shrimp, toss in some chopped basil, and blend it all with your favorite pasta, bucatini works well with this.

Shrimp Aragonate

This is baked stuffed shrimp, with tons of flavor, this is a great dish for a party too. You can make a huge pan of these, or just a few, to go along with a steak as a surf and turf.

1.Preheat oven to 450F. Oil a large baking pan.
2.In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, fresh or panko, fresh parsley, and crushed garlic (don’t be shy). Stir in olive oil to moisten the crumbs.
3.Arrange the shrimp single layer, curling each shrimp into a circle. Spoon a little of the bread crumb mixture onto each shrimp. Drizzle a little more olive oil on before baking.
4.Bake until the crumbs are browned and the shrimp are cooked through when cut in the thickest part, about ten minutes.
4.Serve hot or at room temperature, with lemon wedges.
Recipe adapted from, “Entertaining with the Soprano’s”

Its been so nice to see and smell spring flowers popping up all over, here’s some I have popping up around my house. I just love the smell of hyacinths!

Have a great week, and Buon Appetito!
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  1. Your recipes and flowers made me smile tonight~ love them all!! I’ve always wanted to try the Bucatini. I can just never seem to find it though!

  2. Both the shrimp dishes looks so so delicious, never had shrimp Aragonate, i am bookmarking this one.

  3. I’ve never heard of the expression ‘surf and turf’. Down our way we call it ‘Mare e Monte’.
    Your recipe has me salivating. I love shrimp. And your garden is a joy too !

  4. These are some great recipes to try! I also keep a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer and make a nice quick lunch for myself when I’m at home (hubby isn’t a big fan of shrimp). Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes. Will have to try them.

  5. Your flowers are beautiful and those dishes are droolworthy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Oh, Marie, these both look beautiful! I get so messy eating bucatini, but it’s one of my favorites! I also keep shrimp in my freezer so I can do a fast meal if I don’t have anything else defrosted.

  7. Oh yummy yum yum. I’d like both in my tum. Seriously, those are gorgeous photos of delicious looking dishes. Another winner!

  8. Beautiful shrimp dishes, Marie.
    Can you help me do the photo montage? I love the spring flowers!

  9. Not that you ever let us down, but that second dish…! Well, I can just taste that from here.

  10. Simply delish, Marie. Love both of these shrimp dishes, way too go!!

  11. I also always keep shrimp in the freezer. Shrimp dishes are always a crowd pleaser at my house.


  12. All hail bucatini…one of my favourite pasta shapes. Roasting shrimp always helps me when I want to squeeze more flavour out of tomatoes.

  13. I love both of these shrimp preparations! Delicious!

  14. Beautiful flowers, beautiful and delicious dish… is good!

  15. Mmm. Both shrimp dishes look amazing. I love using bucatini.

  16. Simple, quick and fancy work for me! Hehe, both dishes look stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Great recipes! I, too, always keep a bag of shrimp in the freezer. So I’ll definitely be trying these. Thanks!

  18. Marie- Hittin it outta the park… again!! nothing new there… thanks for the inspiration- I may need to grab my bag of shrimp out of the freezer tonight too!!

    Johnny T

  19. Spring flowers, yes yes yes. It’s nice to see them here in NY.

    I love your stuffed shrimp recipe. As I’m always saying on people’s blogs ad infinitum, I’m always on the lookout for things to do with shrimp because I could never come up with anything myself.

  20. I just saved your shrimp aragonate recipe. It looks and sounds too good not to try. Thanks for sharing!

  21. shrimp & bucatini is like a staple in my house like a pb&j sandwich. I can’t get enough of it.
    Yes, isn’t it great that spring has finally landed, I mean wasn’t this winter harsh and lonnnnng?

  22. Gosh! Those shrimp recipes are yummy or what?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Another mid-westerner who keeps a bag of frozen shrimp on hand .. love the roasted maters YUM!

    Your flowers are gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Oh lordy, these are two gorgeous shrimp recipes! I love that type of pasta … we called it “pipes” when I was little! That baked stuffed shrimp is to die for as well. Now I want shrimp for dinner! YUM!

  25. You’ve done it again…my mouth is watering…

    Forget the flowers, I can smell your shrimp dishes…


  26. I always have these bags of frozen shrimp too so I can easily whip up some of these delicious recipes!!!! Beautiful spring photos!!!

  27. I would gladly sample either dish. I’m always a bit weary about whether shrimp is an appropriate addition to a dish. Two more great ideas!

  28. Spring has been just amazingly beautiful in Flordia too! I just love this time of year. What is it about spring and eating fresh seafood? I have been eating as much of it as I can these days!!

  29. I love bucatini, Marie, they have such a nice “toothsome” feel. I bet the roasted tomato sauce was a perfect match.

    Spring flowers make me heady with joy, too. Yours are beautiful, Marie!

  30. Hi Both dishes look delicious, but the Shrimp with Pasta gets my vote anytime..:-)

    Love the photos of the flowers too1

  31. I love combining shrimp and tomatoes in sauces. It’s a combo not very well known in North America, but I’m glad Italians slowly introduce it, because it is delightful!
    Thanks for sharing these great recipes!

  32. I love shrimp, and both versions look fantastic! Wish I could have them both for dinner tonight.

  33. Oh! I am definitely going to do these. I try and keep shrimp in my freezer also. I adore it and it’s hard to get it fresh here. Looks sctumptious. So do the flowers! We have another two weeks.

  34. Delicious shrimp dishes and gorgeous flowers! What a great post!

  35. Both of these dishes look so scrumptious. I am a shrimp lover and cannot get fresh shrimp where I live that already hasn’t been cooked. I am encouraged by your making these fab dishes out of frozen. I have also been wanting to make a dish with roasted tomatoes! Yum! I am copying down both recipes and must try them.

  36. Both recipes look great! I love bucatini, in fact, it’s one of my favorite types of pasta.

  37. Both look excellent. I like your choice of bucatini.
    And I agree with the frozen shrimp! Peas and shrimp are just fine frozen.

    Such beautiful flowers. Ahhhh, Spring!

  38. Some serious bookmarking just took place ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Ca a l’air dรฉlicieux.
    Comme j’aimerais savoir cuisiner de bonnes choses comme toi !
    Alors, je regarde les bons plats des autres et… je salive d’envie !
    C’est beau et bon.
    Kisses from France,

  40. Such a cheerful post. I am envious of these beautiful flowers you have popping up around your house. Shrimp, pasta, wine, flowers – what could be better?

  41. I could eat up all those shrimp dishes. Perfecto! And what a lovely garden you have.

  42. Both of these dishes looks spectacular.. but I love anything with a browned crust on top so I might have to have a double serving of the Shrimp Aragonate!.:)

  43. And your flowers look beautiful.. I love bulbs!!

  44. I now can’t wait to try that second shrimp recipe!! I wish I didn’t eat dinner already so I didn’t have to wait until tomorrow.

  45. Mmmmmmmm….shrimp! I’ve gotten that Sophranos cook book out of the library and found some great recipes in it too!