Shrimp Romesco Pasta with Spinach

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings
2-4

This Romesco recipe comes together with a quick spin in the blender and pairs perfectly with Fish Fixe Shrimp, Scallops or any of our firm fleshed fish options including Mahi, Halibut or Grouper.  The base of the sauce is made from roasted almonds and red peppers, yet the fresh garlic and paprika really take the nutty flavor of the almonds to the next level.  The beauty of this recipe is that the sauce can be thickened or thinned to work for many applications.  In this recipe it is a sauce to coat fresh pasta, yet as a leftover it becomes the perfect bruschetta like topping for Fish Fixe Shrimp Toasts.

Preparing your Ingredients

Prep your Shrimp: Thaw (2) portions of Fish Fixe Shrimp, dry thoroughly and season with Fish Fixe seasoning (salt, pepper and garlic powder will suffice) and a nice sprinkle of paprika.  

Boil your pasta: Crank up the heat on a pot of salted water and boil your pasta according to package instructions.  Before you drain your pasta, collect your “reserved pasta water” by dipping a coffee mug into the water to remove pasta water for potential use in thinning your Romesco sauce.  **Note – fresh pasta found in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store is totally worth it!**

Make your Romesco dance:  In a large blender, combine roasted red peppers, roasted almonds, tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, paprika (smoked paprika will work and provide greater depth of flavor), salt and basil leaves.  Blend until smooth and paste like.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  **To make a creamier texture add 1 – 1 1/4 cups of greek yogurt and blend.* 

How to Sear Shrimp

There are many different ways to prepare the World’s favorite seafood protein but searing is one of our favorites here in the Fish Fixe Kitchen.  Searing is quick, adds texture and allows all the flavor from your Shrimp to rest in the pan and set the tone for a finishing sauce.  The key to properly searing Shrimp is cooking in a heavy bottomed pan that is able to withstand high heat and using a high temp oil that will properly brown the Shrimp without burning the oil.  You want to use a high temp oil like ghee or avocado oil.    To sear Shrimp, bring a pan to medium high heat and add ghee or avocado oil to the pan – just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.   Place the seasoned Shrimp in the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side then flip the Shrimp and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until the Shrimp are no longer translucent but opaque.

Seared Shrimp vs Boiling

For this recipe, we recommend searing the Shrimp over boiling the Shrimp so the flavor of the ocean incorporates itself into the sauce and enhances the flavor of the dish.  The sear will also add a nice texture to the Shrimp and compliment the nutty flavor of the Romesco sauce.

How do I know when the Shrimp is Cooked?

You can tell when the Shrimp is cooked when the flesh of the Shrimp is no longer translucent but has turned white and become firm to touch. If you are unsure if the Shrimp is fully cooked, simply remove one of the larger Shrimp from the pan and cut it in half.   If there is no translucency to the Shrimp then you are good to go! 

Ingredients

You will need (2) 6 oz portion of Fish Fixe Shrimp
  • Fish Fixe Seasoning
  • Paprika
  • 16 oz pasta and reserve water
For the Sauce Combine:
  • 12 oz roasted red peppers
  • 1 c dry roasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika (smoked paprika will provide greater depth of flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 6-8 handfuls of spinach
  • Optional: For a creamier texture, add 1 1/4 c Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Prepare Fixe Fish Shrimp by thawing and drying thoroughly with a paper towel
  2. Season shrimp with Fish Fixe seasoning (or salt & pepper) and sprinkle with paprika
  3. Add all the sauce ingredients to blender, and blend until smooth and paste-like
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings
  5. Bring a heavy-bottomed pan to medium-high heat, add in 2 tbsp avocado oil and sear shrimp 2-3 minutes on the first side then flip and finish cooking on the second side
  6. Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside
  7. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the pan and sauté chopped garlic until fragrant
  8. Fold in handfuls of spinach and a pinch of salt
  9. Once the spinach begins to wilt, add half of the pasta and begin to stir in the sauce  
  10. Continue to combine pasta and sauce until your desired ratio is met – you will most likely have leftover pasta 
  11. To thin the sauce, add in a small amount of reserved pasta water a little at a time
  12. Place Spinach Romesco Pasta in a bowl and top with shrimp, chopped basil, and parmesan

Recipe Notes

Turn this sauce into a crowd pleaser! Blend it up, but keep it nice and thick. Toast some baguette slices in the oven with butter, garlic and parsley then smear the Romesco sauce on the baguette. Finish by topping with Shrimp, basil and feta. Return it to the oven to let the feta melt just a tad – then serve!

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