Penne a la Betsy

Yesterday I really did have good intentions to cook a healthy meal.  I started trying to decide what to make and nothing sounded good.  I decided to browse on the Pioneer Woman’s blog which probably wasn’t my smartest decision ever.  All of her recipes are great, but not what you want to cook on a diet! 

I’ve been hearing rave reviews on her Penne a la Betsy so I decided to give it a try.  I mean can you really go wrong with pasta, tomato cream sauce, wine and shrimp?  Nope!  I only had a half pound of shrimp so I made do with that and it as fine, I don’t think a full pound is really necessary unless you just want it.  It really was delicious, very easy to make and was also quick to cook.  All things I like in a good meal!  I was also pleasantly surprised at how much it made.  Hubby and I both went back for seconds and there is enough left over for our dinner tonight – can’t wait!  This is a definite must try!

Penne a la Betsy

Penne a la Betsy
Recipe from:  The Pioneer Woman Cooks

3/4 pound of penne pasta, cooked al dente
1 lb (or half pound) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tbsp butter (told you it’s not diet!)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce – plain
1 cup heavy cream (told ya)
salt, pepper to taste (I also sprinkled in some Tony’s seasoning)
Fresh basil (I think I put about five large leaves), chopped
Fresh parsley (about a tablespoon worth), chopped


In a large nonstick pan, heat one tablespoon of oil and one tablespoon of butter together.  Lightly season shrimp and add to the melted mixture.  Cook just until done then remove and set aside on a cutting board.  Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan then add the onions and garlic.  Saute until soft then add the wine.  Let this cook so the alcohol evaporates some, then stir in the tomato sauce and cream, allow to simmer a few minutes. 

While that’s simmering, chop your shrimp into smaller pieces.  Add this to the sauce, stir in well then add the basil and parsley.  Taste for seasonings and adjust as necessary.  Add in the pasta and toss well to coat. 

Penne a la Betsy


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