Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound medium size shrimp, peel and deveined
  • 1 pound pasta - shapes of your choice (I used rotini pasta)
  • 1 small container baby tomatoes
  • 1 container mini mozzarella balls
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Reserved bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup pasta cooking water
  •     For Balsamic Bacon Basil Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 pack bacon, chopped
  • 4 tablespoon bacon grease
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
How to cook Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp:
  • To prepare Balsamic Bacon Basil Vinaigrette, slice bacon and cook until nice and crispy, remove bacon from pan and set aside.
  • Remove 3 tablespoons of bacon grease and set aside for cooking vegetables above. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil to remaining bacon grease over medium heat.
  • Add shallot and cook for about 3 minutes, add basil and garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add black pepper and salt. Slowly add balsamic vinaigrette while whisking well.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
  • To prepare shrimp, mix seasoning blend and set aside. In a large bowl season shrimp with lemon juice, zest, all the seasoning blend minus 1 tablespoonful and a few tablespoonful of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and set aside.
  • Bring a large part of water to boil, salt water once it starts to boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain pasta, rinse in cold water, drain again and add a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Reserve 1/2 of pasta cooking water.
  • After frying bacon for vinaigrette, add a few tablespoons of bacon grease to pan and a little olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion, peppers and tomatoes, cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Season with tablespoon of seasoning blend.
  • Add shrimp to pan and saute for about 6-8 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through. Add pasta cooking water, vinaigrette and cook for a few minutes.
  • Toss mixture with pasta. Add cooked bacon, mozzarella balls and Parmesan cheese, toss well and serve.
Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp recipe
Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp recipe
Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp recipe
Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp recipe
Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp recipe

Note(s):

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins

The blending of the flavors from all the ingredients of Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp are perfect, so try this recipe and enjoy a good meal with your family.


This recipe for Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp serves/makes: 4 - 6 servings

The Caprese Pasta Salad with Shrimp recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Shrimp (more Shrimp recipes)
Preparation Method: Salad (more Salad recipes)
Cuisine: Italian (more Italian recipes)

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