26 July 2018

Zucchini, pasta, and shrimp in a cream sauce

The temperature is 21ºC this morning. Balmy. There's no breeze at all. I have all the windows open now and a moth just flew by my face. No screens or AC here. I think it's supposed to get even hotter this afternoon than it did yesterday. Oh, and I took the Peugeot to the mechanic's yesterday to get the air-conditioning serviced. I hope it will again work the way it's supposed to. We're expecting at least another 10 days of hot weather...

I mentioned the other day that I was going to make a dish of zucchini and shrimp with pasta in a cream sauce. And I did.

It's pretty simple. First, cook some pasta (250 grams) according to package directions. Reserve at least some of the cooking water.

Cut a big zucchini into pieces of whatever shape you want. Cook them in olive oil or butter or a combination, with three or four chopped garlic cloves. Put them into your serving dish and set them aside.

Take the zucchini out of the pan and quickly sauté a dozen or more shelled and deveined shrimp. Take them out of the pan and put them in the serving dish with the zucchini.

Spoon a good cup of cream (thick crème fraîche is what we get here) into the pan and bring it to a boil. Add the cooked pasta and salt and pepper to taste. Also add grated cheese to taste. Parmesan, for example, or, in my case, a good handful of hard, dry, finely grated goat cheese.

If the sauce seems too thick, use some of the pasta cooking water to thin it down. Put the zucchini and shrimp in the sauce with the pasta. Stir and let the dish come back up to a simmer before serving. Eat and enjoy.


  1. I went and picked up the Peugeot (which is nearly 18 years old) and the AC now works the way it did when I bought the car in 2003. It hadn't worked in a couple of years until now. Usually we don't feel we really need it but this year is exceptional.

  2. Glad your Peugeot's AC is fixed. This pasta dish looks simply yummy.

  3. Hooray for car AC and that lovely dish, it looks so good.

  4. The AC in the Citroën works fine, so we can always use that car when the weather is hot. But the old Peugeot is the car we use when we're riding around the immediate area, going to the supermarket, etc. It's a really nice car, and is even nicer when the air works.


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