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LIGHT GARLIC SHRIMP BAKED PENNE

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Ingredients  (Serves 4)

  • 1 lb. raw, deveined tail-off shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 6 ounces fat free evaporated milk (about half of a can)
  • 1 ounce light cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions

  1. In a skillet, brown 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic in olive oil. Saute for 1 minute or until garlic is soft and fragrant. Add shrimp and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until no longer pink.
  2. Cook pasta as directed until al dente. Drain and return to pan. Drain tomatoes and add to the pasta. Add cooked shrimp.
  3. In a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add minced garlic over medium-high heat. Saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add flour and stir until a soft, sticky mixture forms – about 1 minute.
  5. Add half of the evaporated milk and whisk until smooth. As it cooks, the mixture will start to thicken and bubble – when it does, add the rest of the evaporated milk.
  6. As the mixture thickens and bubbles again, add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.
  7. As the mixture thickens, add the chicken stock to thin out the sauce. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Pour sauce immediately over pasta and mix gently. Pour into a small baking dish. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on top.