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i cooked for a friend on friday for his birthday. it’s more fun than taking him out. and the dogs can hang out. i decided on creamy thai-chili pesto shrimp pasta because i already had made it & it turned out fantastic. this time i went with high-end shrimp, which makes a huge difference.

i traded a few bags of my home made blissbites dog treats for enough fresh basil to make a quart of pesto.

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what a luxury! i used this recipe loosly-changing a few things. of course twice as much garlic & only 2 kinds basil, more cheese & 1/4 cup walnuts, which adds a nice texture.

creamy thai chili pesto shrimp pasta

-1 lb. large raw shrimp
-1 cup pesto sauce
2 T. olive oil
2 leeks
-1 cup home made tomato sauce (i roasted fresh tomatoes, removed skins & sauced)
handful thai chili peppers
-1/2 stick butter
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup assorted cheese-asiago/romano/parm/sharp cheddar/swiss/guyre…
-fresh pasta
salt & pepper to taste

prepare the pesto, set aside. steam shrimp 5 minutes. remove shell, de-vein & cut. set aside. heat olive oil. sautee chopped leeks 10 minutes. add tomato sauce, chopped chilis. cook 10 minutes. add butter, cream & stock. cook 10 minutes. add shrimp & cheese. cook 5 more minutes. cook pasta al dente. finish in sauce. season to taste.

this turned out more like a shrimp pesto mac & cheese. if you dust it with breadcrumbs & bake, it would be even better. this is RICH & NOT for dieters.

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