Trattoria Mezzaluna's Creamy Shrimp & Arugula Sauce
December 18, 2015
"This slightly different recipe uses arugula as a foil to offset the shrimp. For those who are not familiar with arugula, arugula is a spicy, peppery and nutritious salad green. Native to the Mediterranean, it has long been used in Italian cooking and the chef at my favorite Italian restaurant loves the stuff. It's also been rumored that the ancient Romans not only ate it for good luck but also as an aphrodisiac."
- Serving Size: 1 (393.3 g)
- Calories 466.8
- Total Fat - 22.1 g
- Saturated Fat - 14.7 g
- Cholesterol - 260.9 mg
- Sodium - 1138.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 34.5 g
- Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
- Sugars - 5.2 g
- Protein - 31.3 g
- Calcium - 122.8 mg
- Iron - 2.2 mg
- Vitamin C - 1.9 mg
- Thiamin - 0.2 mg
Step by Step Method
Heat the oil in a sauce pan. Add the shrimp and stir-fry (1 minute). Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry (30 seconds).
Add the wine and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and stir for 1 minute. Mix in the creme fraiche or sour cream and heat through for several minutes (3-4 minutes).
Add the arugula and cook until wilted (1-2 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- When selecting the shrimp for this recipe, make sure to use large shrimp that are peeled.
- When buying arugula for this recipe, look for bright green leaves with no wilting or yellowing.
- For a healthier alternative, substitute the creme fraiche or sour cream with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium, and is lower in fat and calories than creme fraiche or sour cream. This substitution will make the dish lighter and healthier, without sacrificing any flavor.
- For a vegan option, substitute the shrimp with a plant-based protein such as tofu. Tofu is a great source of vegan protein and is also low in calories and fat. This substitution will make the dish vegan-friendly, while still providing a flavorful and satisfying meal.
Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach Sauce Heat the oil in a sauce pan. Add the shrimp and stir-fry (1 minute). Add the garlic and stir-fry (30 seconds). Add the spinach and cook until wilted (1-2 minutes). Add the wine and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and stir for 1 minute. Mix in the creme fraiche or sour cream and heat through for several minutes (3-4 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta.
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan: This dish is a great accompaniment to the Creamy Shrimp & Arugula Sauce as it adds a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to the meal. Roasting the asparagus in the oven brings out its natural sweetness and the Parmesan cheese adds a light, salty finish.
Crispy Baked Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs: Crispy Baked Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs is a delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with the Creamy Shrimp & Arugula Sauce. The potatoes are baked in the oven until they are golden and crispy on the outside, while the garlic and herbs add a wonderful depth of flavor. The potatoes are a great way to add a bit of crunch and texture to the meal.
Q: What is arugula?
A: Arugula is a spicy, peppery and nutritious salad green, native to the Mediterranean. It has long been used in Italian cooking and is also rumored to have been eaten by the ancient Romans for good luck and as an aphrodisiac.
Q: What are the health benefits of arugula?
A: Arugula is high in vitamins A and C, as well as folate, calcium, potassium, and iron. It is also rich in antioxidants, which can help protect against certain diseases. It is low in calories, making it a great choice for a healthy diet.
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Fun Fact 1: The ancient Romans believed that eating arugula could bring good luck and was also an aphrodisiac. This recipe is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of arugula while also indulging in a delicious Italian dish!
Fun Fact 2: Trattoria Mezzaluna is a popular Italian restaurant in Rome, Italy, and is known for its delicious and unique recipes. This Creamy Shrimp & Arugula Sauce is one of their signature dishes and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike!