Creamy Shrimp & Pancetta Cascatelli with Spicy Parmesan-Garlic Bread
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Creamy Shrimp & Pancetta Cascatelli

with Spicy Parmesan-Garlic Bread

40 MIN
+$7.00/serving 2 Servings
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Italian for "waterfalls," cascatelli is a newly created pasta shape designed for an ideal eating experience: it's easy to fork, delightful in texture, and has both a tubular and ruffled shape that makes it perfect for soaking up sauces. Here, we're tossing it with shrimp, pancetta, kale, and a bright, creamy sauce made with lemon juice, mascarpone, and more.
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Creamy Shrimp & Pancetta Cascatelli with Spicy Parmesan-Garlic Bread
Title
  • 10 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
  • 3 oz Diced Pancetta
  • 3 oz Baby Spinach
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 Small Baguette
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • 1 oz Garlic & Herb Spreadable Butter
  • ½ lb Cascatelli Pasta
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup Cream
  • 6 oz Kale
  • 2½ Tbsps Chicken Demi-Glace
  • 1 Lemon
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tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Remove the spreadable butter from the refrigerator to soften. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the capers. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Halve the baguette lengthwise, then halve crosswise. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove the tails. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta
2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 13 to 15 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the pancetta & shrimp
3 Cook the pancetta & shrimp

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly crispy. Add the seasoned shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the shrimp and pancetta are cooked through. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the kale
4 Cook the kale

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic, chopped capers, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.

Make the spicy garlic bread
5 Make the spicy garlic bread

In a bowl, combine the softened butter, half the parmesan, half the chopped parsley, and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the garlic bread to be. Using a fork, mash to thoroughly combine. Line a sheet pan with foil. Transfer the prepared baguette to the foil, cut side up. Evenly top with the spicy butter. Toast in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned and the edges are crispy. Remove from the oven.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

Meanwhile, to the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked pancetta and shrimp, cooked kale, spinach, cream, demi-glace, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta with the spicy garlic bread on the side. Garnish the pasta with the remaining chopped parsley and remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Remove the spreadable butter from the refrigerator to soften. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the capers. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Halve the baguette lengthwise, then halve crosswise. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove the tails. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 13 to 15 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the pasta
Cook the pancetta & shrimp
3 Cook the pancetta & shrimp

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly crispy. Add the seasoned shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the shrimp and pancetta are cooked through. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the kale

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic, chopped capers, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.

Cook the kale
Make the spicy garlic bread
5 Make the spicy garlic bread

In a bowl, combine the softened butter, half the parmesan, half the chopped parsley, and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the garlic bread to be. Using a fork, mash to thoroughly combine. Line a sheet pan with foil. Transfer the prepared baguette to the foil, cut side up. Evenly top with the spicy butter. Toast in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned and the edges are crispy. Remove from the oven.

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

Meanwhile, to the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked pancetta and shrimp, cooked kale, spinach, cream, demi-glace, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta with the spicy garlic bread on the side. Garnish the pasta with the remaining chopped parsley and remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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