It wasn’t until after I made this dish that I realized how popular it is on the menu at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. The recipe was given to me by a family member who makes a weekly visit to the restaurant just for their Shrimp Portofino. It really is a delightful meal, loaded with a flavor and many different textures. The dish starts with a creamy, dreamy lemon butter sauce that gets a lot of flavor from minced garlic and shallots. Once the cream sauce is done, the next step is a quick sauté of mushrooms, jumbo shrimp, fresh spinach and toasted pine nuts. Make sure to toast the pine nuts in a hot, dry skillet just until golden brown. Macaroni Grill features angel hair pasta with their Shrimp Portofino, but I think this recipe is delicious with any pasta of your choice! Make sure to have a nice fresh, crusty loaf of French bread to sop up all of the goodness at the bottom of your bowl. The recipe seems like it has a lot of steps, but actually, it’s one of the easiest meals to create. Once you do, I think Shrimp Portofino may end up in regular rotation on your meal planning schedule!
Scottsdale Chef Lisa Brisch with Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School stopped by Arizona Midday (KPNX Ch 12) last week to share one of her favorite gadgets, a mini spiralizer. She was spiralizing zucchini for a Tomato Pesto Zoodle dish that was out of this world! Chef Brisch mentioned that you can make a big batch with a larger spiralizer. That’s all I heard. I headed to Sweet Basil that day to buy one. I know I’m a little late to the picnic. By now many of your own a spiralizer, but pasta has always been my go-to dish. I never much thought about making zucchini noodles. But a couple of cranks of the handle made me a believer! I’ve had more fun in the kitchen, spiralizing zukes, potatoes, apples, carrots and anything else I have in my crisper. But the zoodles are my favorite! From now on, it’s oodles of zoodles for me!
Watch my Video for Tomato Pesto Zoodles here!