Kickin’ it with Kale and Shrimp: Shrimp and Kale Alfredo

A couple of weeks ago, I started following The Garum Factory, a gourmet food blog with gorgeous photography and excellent recipes. One of their posts shared a pasta recipe topped with dinosaur kale and salami.

Where Dinosaur Kale Grows

My fiancé can attest that I’m not much of a traditional pasta eater these days, partly because I ate so much pasta during my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. (I’ve probably traded Italian noodles for Asian noodles, though!) The recipe below takes its inspiration from The Garum Factory’s kale pasta combo.

Finished Product

Shrimp Kale Alfredo
Serves 4

– 8 oz thin spaghetti
– 1 TBS butter
– 2 TBS minced garlic
– 1 TBS all-purpose flour
– 1 cup 2% milk
– 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
– 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1 tsp olive oil
– 3/4 lb shrimp
– 1 bunch of dinosaur kale, de-stemmed and leaves torn (use only the leaves)

1. Pasta: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Follow directions on pasta package to prepare, but don’t start the sauce below until you’ve been able to place the noodles in the boiling water.
2. Place a non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
3. Whisk in flour. Then you will slowly whisk in the milk.
4. Cook, stirring continually, until slightly thick. This will take about 2 minutes.
5. Whisk in cream cheese and parmesan until smooth, about 1-2 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat, and cover.
6. In a separate pan, add a tsp of oil. Once hot, you can add the shrimp and sauté for a minute. Add torn kale leaves to sauce, continuing to stir, until leaves are wilted (about 2 minutes).

Kale and Shrimp cookin'

7. Pour sauce into shrimp/kale pan, and cook on low for about a minute, stirring frequently.

8. Remove from heat. Dish up pasta. Top with sauce. Enjoy!

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