Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta bathed in a creamy brie sauce is a decadent bowl of cheesy goodness that is surprisingly easy to make. With just one pot and little more than 30 minutes, you can have this nummy nummy pasta in your belly with very little clean-up. I like that!
Course Main Dish
Author Life Tastes Good
12ouncesCasarecce pasta or another pasta that holds sauce wellsuch as small shells
1tablespoonfreshly minced garlicdivided
1shallot finely dicedabout 1/4 to 1/2 cup
1/2poundfresh asparagustrimmed and cut into 1" pieces
sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Bechamel Sauceclick for recipe/tutorial
7ouncesBrie Cheesediced (remove the rind first)
1lbshrimpcooked, peeled, & deveined
Freshly chopped parsleygarnish
Crushed red pepper flakesgarnish
In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
In the same pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat and saute 1/2 tablespoon of freshly minced garlic with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of finely diced shallot for about a minute until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the asparagus pieces and a pinch of sea salt and saute until the asparagus starts to soften - about 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pot and set aside. The asparagus should still have some crunch to it when you remove it from the pan.
In the same pot, prepare the Bechamel Sauce as outlined in the tutorial here. As soon as the Bechamel is thickened, remove it from the heat and add in the diced Brie Cheese. Stir until the brie is melted and the cheese sauce is velvety smooth. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. TIP: Be sure you remove the rind from the brie before adding it to the Bechamel. The rind won't melt nicely, so it's best to remove it and then dice the cheese. If you put the cheese in the freezer for about 30 minutes it will harden up and the rind will be easier to remove.
Toss the pasta with the brie cheese sauce. Mix in the sauteed vegetables and shrimp and heat through over mid-low heat. Garnish with fresh Parmesan cheese and parsley if you like. For a little extra kick, sprinkle on some crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy!