Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Creamy Spaghetti with Pine Nuts February 9, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Recipes — gastromami @ 12:32 pm




As a woman, you always hear “calcium”

As a nursing mom you hear, “calcium, calcium”

As a tandem nursing mom you hear, “calcium, calcium, calcium, calcium, calcium … “

I was thumbing through some old Cooking Lights magazine in search of recipes and came across this  calcium-rich 30-minute meal.  A twist on my classic “shrimp and pasta” go-to meal, I already had all of the ingredients at home.

I have to say, though, that this may become one of my new favorite meals!

It was so good that I saved a plate for Reny to try!



8 ounces uncooked spaghetti

12 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp

2 tablespoons pine nuts

1 cup low-fat milk, divided

1 tablespoon AP flour

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/3 cup finely chopped basil

1/3 cup torn fresh basil leaves



Add pasta to boiling water and cook 7 minutes.

Add shrimp to pasta and water;  cook 3 minutes

Drain;  keep warm.



While pasta is cooking, heat a small, nonstick skillet over medium heat

Toast pine nuts until lightly browned (about 3 minutes)



Combine 1/2 cup milk and flour in a large saucepan

Whisk until well blended over medium heat

Gradually whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup milk



Stir in mustard and nutmeg

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly

Stir in salt and pepper, cook 1 minute



Add drained pasta, shrimp, cheese and chopped basil

Toss gently and serve immediately

Sprinkle with torn basil and pine nuts


Wilted tomatoes with balsamic were the perfect pairing!




Ren approved!




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