These first two weeks of school have been SUPER hectic! From buying books, setting up the dorm room and adjusting to a new class schedule – I barely had any time to just sit down and make a delicious meal!
Finally, this weekend I was able to go to Whole Foods and buy some groceries. While I was there, I have to admit I was having some trouble deciding what types of ingredients I should get (they have way too many options).
But after walking by all of the aisles, I finally decided to buy the following ingredients to make the perfect end-of-the-summer pasta…
As you can see, I bought some whole wheat rotini pasta, frozen shrimp, basil pesto, grape tomatoes, olive oil, pine nuts and salt & pepper. Most of the ingredients are Whole Food’s 356 Everyday Value products which are really cheap and delicious! Overall, this purchase was inexpensive and the best part is that most of the ingredients can be re-used for other meals!
Okay, so now to the step-by-step process:
The first thing I had to do was thaw the frozen shrimp … yeahh how do I do that?
I literally had no idea – at first I got a pot and filled it with water and put the bag inside … and that clearly was not the right thing to do. My roommates called me out and were like “Paula, you have to take the shrimp OUT of the bag and place them in the water” which obviously made a lot more sense. So I did that and after 10 minutes of waiting the shrimp was completely thawed. Once that was done I placed them in a strainer until I had to use them again.
Next, I put some water to boil so I can cook the pasta…It took like 5-7 minutes for the water to boil and 10 minutes for the pasta to be perfectly cooked. Make sure you taste the pasta so you know it is fully cooked!
In the meantime, I had my roommates cut up some tomatoes and set up the table.
The next step was to get a pan drizzle some olive oil on it, turn up the heat and start cooking the shrimp (which is seasoned with salt & pepper).
And add the tomatoes and the pine nuts
Once the shrimp is fully cooked, you go back to the pasta, strain it and then add a tablespoon of olive oil, extra tomatoes, two tablespoons of basil pesto and the shrimp/pine nuts/tomato combo to it.
The final step is *drumroll, please*: ENJOY THE FOOD!
Overall Prep/Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Overall Cost: ~ $25 for all of the ingredients (keep in mind that half of them can be re-used)
Let me know if this post was helpful, and if you had the chance to make this dish tell me about your experience!