Shrimp and sausage pasta is a great weeknight meal. It is very easy to make and it delivers much flavor. You can have dinner on the table within 30 minutes.
This is also an inexpensive recipe. Shrimp is often on sale and you only need on sausage link. I used Italian sausage for this but go ahead and use any type that you prefer.
Two recommendations when you are cooking shrimp. The first one is that you always make sure it is deveined. Take the time to remove the black vein that runs along the top of the shrimp. That is the intestine and it is gritty. It really does affect the flavor. Nowadays it is easy to find deveined shrimp at the store.
The second recommendation is that you do not overcook it. Shrimp cooks very quickly — as soon as you see that the color changes from gray to pink/orange it is cooked. If you overcook the shrimp it will be rubbery.
Shrimp and sausage recipe –
3/4 pound (375 grams) of uncooked pasta of your choice
1 large sausage link of choice
1 pound shrimp — deveined and shelled
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
4 garlic cloves — minced
1 pint grape tomatoes — quartered OR about 2 cups of chopped tomatoes5 basil leaves — cut into thin strips
Salt & Pepper
Parmesan cheese — optional
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and stir in. Cook al dente, according to the instructions on the package.
Remove the cooked pasta from the water and drizzle with olive oil. Mix the oil into the pasta to coat all of it. Set aside. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.
Slice the sausage link into 1/2 inch rounds, approximately, and carefully remove the casing. Cut the slices in half.
Heat a little olive oil in a skillet and add the sausage. Cook it, flipping a couple of times, until it is completely cooked through. Set aside, do not wipe down your skillet.
Add the shrimp to the skillet. Top with the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Do not go overboard with the salt. Cook the shrimp all the way through — about 2.5 minutes per side — and set aside with the sausage.
Add the garlic to the skillet and scrape the bottom. Cook for about a minute until it is aromatic. Add the tomatoes and mix. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes start to wilt. Return the sausage and shrimp to the skillet and mix well. Return the cooked pasta and about 1/4 cup of the reserved liquid. Mix and heat through. Add the basil, mix and serve. You can add cheese if you want. I like mine without the cheese. Enjoy!