Shrimp and Feta Pasta

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Last week, after going to Atlanta for a baseball game, I was craving something healthy and refreshing for dinner.  What immediately came to mind was a shrimp and feta pasta dish that my Mom had passed along to me several years ago.  I only made it once, but I remember it being delicious.

Unfortunately, when I went to look for the recipe I was unable to find it.   Determined to fulfill my craving, I decided to wing it.   While different from the original, I liked this version enough to make it again last night when once again, after being out of town, I needed something light and healthy to return to the land of the living.  Shrimp and Feta Pasta 002

This is a quick and simple dish that is perfect for a busy weeknight.  Prep all the ingredients before you begin as both the pasta and the shrimp cook quickly and you will want everything to come off at the same time.  Also, be sure to add the feta to the skillet right before you take the skillet off the heat.  I found that adding the feta with the other ingredients while still over the heat softens the saltiness of the cheese and gives the dish a creamy taste. If your pasta seems a little dry, drizzle it with some more olive oil or mix in a little of the pasta water.  Feel free to add other ingredients.  While I haven’t tried the dish with either of these, I think a little lemon zest or some black olives would be excellent additions.

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Serves 2

3/4 lb shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
6 green onions (chopped)
1/3 cup Feta cheese, crumbled (If you love cheese, add more.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon parsley, roughly chopped
6 ounces Angel Hair pasta

Prep ingredients.  Put water on to boil for pasta and cook pasta according to instructions on the box.    Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium high heat until hot, but not smoking.  Add garlic and cook for 15 seconds before adding shrimp.  Stirring occasionally cook shrimp for 2 minutes and then add tomatoes and green onion.  Cook for another two minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.  Before removing the pan from the heat, add the feta cheese and stir briefly.  Add the parsley and drained angel hair pasta to the skillet and toss with the other ingredients to combine.  Serve with crusty bread and a simple salad.

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