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Shrimp and Corn Pasta

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Husbands. Whatever.

I love how I can spend 417 hours a day in the barrels of food obsession, wrestling multiple brain aneurysms trying to dream up the pimpest recipe combinations, researching every last cobwebby corner of the webs and magazine pages until I’m blue in the face for a single speck of inspiration for the perfect dang meal. And then he comes breezing through the door, all casual and cute with a new haircut, randomly feeling like cooking dinner, and he whips up THIS out of freaking nowhere.

Jerk.

 

I wasn’t even fully aware of what was happening either. I was on glass number whatever of wine, deep into kitchen remodel research on the sexy vortex of Pinterest, when it hit me and my nose.

 

Me, “What are you doing in there? It seriously smells incredible.”

Him, “Oh, just getting a quick caramelization on these purple onions since they’re naturally sweet, and pairing it with garlic, some of our dried herbs from the garden, sweet corn and cherry tomatoes, so the acidity complements the sweetness.”

Me, “Why are you doing this to me? Don’t you know how fragile I am?”

And then, just like that, he formed a lasso out of a strand of spaghetti, threw it towards my vulnerable body, and it coiled around my waist, and I went flying through the air like a delicate feather, and our bodies met, right next to the stove. And we kissed. For 7 days straight.

He made this dinner for me, you guys. It’s PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING.

(Subliminal Valentine’s day meal hint goes here.)

And then the not so subliminal one goes here.

 What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more drizzling
* 1/2 red onion, finely diced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 Tbs dried oregano and thyme (total)
* 1 Tbs. orange zest
* 1 cup frozen corn
* 1 cup cherry tomatoes
* 1/2 pound frozen shrimp, thawed and deveined
* 1/2 pound thin spaghetti
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the onions and saute until you start to see a little color, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, herbs and zest and saute another 2 minutes.

Add the corn and tomatoes. Cook another 5 or so minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Scoot the veggies to the side and arrange the shrimp in the center of the skillet. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over them. Sear on one side for 2 minutes. Fiip and sear another minute.

In the meantime, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water, until it reaches al dente. Using tongs, transfer the pasta into the skillet. It’s okay to let some pasta water drip into it. That helps create a light sauce.

Toss everything together until combined. Drizzle with more oil and toss in more salt if needed.

Serve and demolish.

 This meal is Charlie girl approved.

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31 Responses to Shrimp and Corn Pasta

  1. Amy @ Elephant Eats February 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Wow, this looks amazing. Your hubby sure knows what he’s doing in the kitchen…must be nice for days when you don’t feel like cooking ;)

  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I might die/fall over/faint (or all three at once) if this happened in my house. But reality is that dinner would’ve been Annie’s mac n cheese if it were my husband in the kitchen. Where did you FIND yours?!

  3. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    You are so incredibly adorable. Seriously. And, I love that your husband can cook. Mine can, too. He has that same talent of creating something out of nothing and making it taste amazing. I love it!

  4. Deborah February 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Yeah, I wouldn’t complain if my husband whipped this up for Valentine’s dinner!! Not going to happen, but I wouldn’t complain if it did!! :)

  5. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. February 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    awesome combination! Hope you had a great weekend

  6. Maria February 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Love all of the flavors in this dish!

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl February 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I’m LOVING this dinner idea. Shrimp is right up my alley.

  8. Nicola @ unhip squirrel February 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Wow, wow… I’m so hungry for this RIGHT NOW.

  9. Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    This looks fabulous!!

  10. Lauren February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Your husband is a lucky man!! So is Charlie!

  11. Cassie February 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Husbands. They know what’s up. Especially with shrimp. Looks fabulous!

  12. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray February 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I might die of joy if my boyfriend made this for me.

    Or just eat both plates, which is basically the same thing anyways.

  13. Deanna B. February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    While I’m not married, its always amazeballs to be surprised with dinner. Especially a good one. But if it means I don’t have to cook and clean, you better believe I am down with the occasional hot dog for dinner.

  14. DessertForTwo February 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    1. LOVE that this serves two. V-day is pretty much my favorite time of year bc everything is tiny!

    2. I looooved seeing your photography set up. I’m so nosy.

    3. Your husband should teach husband classes.

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I love the cherry tomatoes and that you put corn in this…yum.

    And the shot of your setup…so cool. I love behind the scenes shots like that!

  16. Cookie and Kate February 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Don’t worry, your recipes are totally pimp, Bev. Also, where does one find a cute husband who cooks? I’m in the market for one.

  17. John @ PatioDaddioBBQ February 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Whoa! I’m not a shrimp fan, but it’s a gorgeous dish.

  18. Elizabeth February 7, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    Yummy! I love caramelized ANYTHING. Seriously.

  19. Krissy's Creations February 7, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    WOW! Your husband whipped this up for you?! Super cool. I still love your recipes :)

  20. Simply Tia February 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I love your photos! And I love this dish. I’ll be making this one very soon as we seem to be addicted to shrimp and pasta at my house.

  21. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau February 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m lucky if my husband can find a can of tuna in the pantry. Can you tell me where you sent your husband to have him come back trained so well??

  22. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Oh husbands!!! I have to admit, he did a lovely job.

    PS~ My dog sit just like this when I shoot….hoping.

  23. myfudo February 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    He makes this and he is the epitome of casualness and cuteness…Lucky you! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Felipe Milanowski February 8, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    Its good humorous YouTube video, I all the time go to visit YouTube site in support of comical videos, as there is much more data available.

  25. Alysa (InspiredRD) March 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Making this tonight over gluten-free pasta. Yum!!

  26. Mary Clare March 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Just made this at the cabin for my husband and myself. Love loved it!!!! Forgot the oregano so used dried basil instead, just fine. Added a splash of white wine too. Delicious. Wondering how it would be cold??? Too bad we ate it all.

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