Shrimp Caesar bowties

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PREP TIME

15 min

Makes

6 to 8 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 450-g box bowtie or farfalle pasta , about 7 cups before cooking
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 500 g medium or large shelled shrimp , raw or cooked
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
  • 3/4 to 1 cup light creamy caesar dressing
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 4 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill , 1/2 tsp dried dill (optional)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in pasta. Cook, uncovered, according to package directions until al dente, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly brown bacon in a large frying pan set over medium heat, about 7 minutes. Remove bacon to a paper towel. Then crumble and set aside. Slice onion.
  • Drain most of fat from frying pan, leaving just a film. Add onion and garlic to pan. Sauté until onion has softened, about 8 minutes. Add shrimp and peas. Stir often until shrimp are bright pink and hot, from 4 to 7 minutes.
  • In a large, warm serving bowl, toss hot drained pasta with shrimp mixture, dressing, Parmesan, green onions, bacon and pepper. Taste and stir in dill, if you wish. Serve sprinkled with additional Parmesan.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 394,
  • Protein
  • 24.2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.7 g,
  • Fat
  • 9.4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4.5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 621 mg.

Creamy Caesar dressing sets off garlicky shrimp, crisp bacon and garden peas with a decadence that is not matched by a high-calorie count.

Variations

Use 2 cups (500 mL) cooked beef, pork or chicken strips instead of shrimp.

Health bonus

Besides bringing us to tears, the sulphur compounds in onions and garlic may help fight carcinogens and reduce the tendency of blood to clot (which can lead to strokes and heart attacks). Whether fresh or cooked, onions and garlic are reputed to provide other health benefits such as lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure.