Pasta is dressed up with shrimp, zucchini and red bell pepper in this 15-minute meal. The vegetables cook for a couple of minutes in a skillet, white wine is added, and shrimp cooks for a few more minutes in the white wine sauce. The shrimp remain juicy and tender this way.
If you complete the meal with a ready-to-eat salad tossed with reduced-fat vinaigrette, it will contain about 640 calories with 20 percent of calories from fat.
Substitute: Four crushed garlic cloves can be used instead of minced garlic. Dried fettuccini can be used. It will take a few minutes longer to cook.
Tip: Use kitchen tongs to toss the pasta and turn the shrimp in the skillet.
To buy: 1 zucchini, 1 red bell pepper, 1 bottle red pepper flakes, 1 bottle dry white wine, 3/4 pound peeled shrimp, 1 box fresh or dried fettuccini, 1 piece Parmesan cheese.
Staples: Olive oil, minced garlic, salt, black peppercorns.
SHRIMP AND ZUCCHINI FETTUCCINI (FETTUCCINI A LA MARE) 2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup thinly sliced zucchini
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup dry white wine
3/4 pound peeled shrimp
1/4 pound fresh fettuccini
Salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Place a large pot with 3-4 quarts of water on to boil for the pasta.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the garlic, zucchini and red bell pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften. Add the pepper flakes and wine and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and remove from the heat.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions, 3 minutes for fresh and about 9 minutes for dried. Drain and add pasta to the skillet with shrimp. Place over medium-high heat and simmer about 1 minute or until the shrimp are cooked through. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Per serving: 610 calories (18 percent from fat), 12.4 g fat (2.6 g saturated, 6.0 g monounsaturated), 262 mg cholesterol, 45.8 g protein, 55.9 g carbohydrates, 4.2 g fiber, 348 mg sodium.Serves: 2 Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 14 cookbooks, including “The Flavors of the Florida Keys” and “Mix ’n’ Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes.” Go to dinnerinminutes.com.