Saturday, August 8, 2015

Speedy Shrimp Pasta in a Pan

By Victoria Abbott aka Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini

Please join us in congratulating Daryl for the release of Fudging the Books and Peg for Berried Secrets!  What a week.

And now onto our recipe and GIVEAWAY!  

We love dinners in a pan. They’re fast and fun and surprisingly tasty.  We were waiting for things to cool off before trying this one again, but then we decided what the heck. 


This one is so easy and fast, especially if you have a bit of leftover pasta.  We didn’t (having used it all in salad), but face it, it takes a few minutes to cook some up.  We used linguine but have liked this with rotini or bows as well.  Just use your favorite.  While the water’s boiling, you can defrost your shrimp and slice your green onions, mince your garlic, squeeze the lemon and heat the pan. 

You will need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
2 green onions, green and white parts, sliced
Juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic, minced (or two tablespoons prepared – we are not above this trick)
2 tablespoons parsley, fresh or prepared
1 pound frozen peeled shrimp, thawed and patted dry
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Eight to ten ounces cooked pasta (more if you like more)
Grated Parmesan cheese

All you do is:
Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.  Don’t overcook as it’s heading for that pan. Drain pasta when cooked.  Someone here added a bit of butter and it wasn’t MJ.  Never mind.  You could use leftover pasta. We won't tell!

Head the oil and butter in a large frying pan.  

 Cook the green onions for three minutes over medium heat. 


 They will smell great!  Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.  Don’t let the garlic burn.  

Add the thawed, dried shrimp.

 Sprinkle with the teaspoon of sugar. This makes quite a difference in bringing out the flavor of the shrimp.

Cook stirring until the shrimp is pink, about three minutes. Don’t overcook! 

Add parsley and lemon and heat through, stirring,  a minute or so.

Add drained pasta to the pan and mix well.   

Heat for another minute or so and you’re done.  

 Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and serve with a simple salad.  

This is a easy dinner that takes only about ten minutes (not counting the pasta and depending on how fast you chop and mince).  It a regular feature on our menu

Enjoy! And use the time saved to read a good book.


That shadowy body known as Victoria Abbott is actually artist and photographer Victoria Maffini and her mother Mary Jane.  Together they write the book collector mysteries.  They are very happy to announce that THE MARSH MADNESS, the fourth in the series, is now available for pre-order by clicking the links below or through your favorite source of books!  It's out on September 1st!

If you haven't started this series yet, we're having a draw for a REVIEW COPY of THE CHRISTIE CURSE, first in the series. If you have read it, we're also offering you a chance to review The Marsh Madness. Two chances to win.  All you have to do is leave a comment!

 Just leave a comment below and your name goes in the hat.  Don't forget to leave your email address. Be lucky!


Or  Pre-order Kindle

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  1. The shrimp pasta looks easy and so good. Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win a book. :-)

  2. Good morning ladies, I enjoy reading (and trying out) your recipes! I love cooking with shrimp, it's so simple and yummy, and you can really do a lot with it… In fact, tonight we're having shrimp and grits! Thanks for the chance to win those two fabulous books… Happy Saturday! Nicole

  3. Congrats to Daryl & Peg on their book releases (looks like you're dressed up for Pirate Week in Fudging the Books)! Shrimp & pasta - Yum!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Congratulations on the book releases. Delectable recipe ideal for summer which I would enjoy. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. That sounds easy enough. The kids can eat the shrimp and I will have the pasta. And, the book, please. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  6. I love this series! Can't wait for the next one...and to try the shrimp.

  7. Your captivating books give me great pleasure. What a great recipe, so simple, yet healthy and tasty. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Looks tasty and simple. Will have to try.

  9. Looks tasty and simple. Will have to try.

  10. I love this series , so looking forward to the Marsh Madness !! The recipe looks delicious too :)

  11. Have really enjoyed the books in the series so far. Also hope to see a new book in the Camilla McPhee series released. Both are great fun. Oh and the recipe looks simple and yummy!

  12. This looks fabulous! I may just have to rethink dinner plans!


  13. I love recipes for simple dishes---this one looks great. Thanks for the contest.

  14. Sounds amazing!! :-) And your books are my favs! (I'm still rooting for Fiona and Camilla to come back!)

  15. You are so right that the simpler the dinner the more time left for important things like reading. And you can't go wrong with pasta.

    Reading a bit of Ngaio Marsh to be ready for The Marsh Madness. And of course want to see what Walter is up to.

  16. Love pasta and seafood. Looking forward to reading this next book in the series.

  17. The recipe looks yummy! And looking forward to Marsh Madness! This is a wonderful series!
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  18. Looks great and love a chance to read centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  19. Thanks for the easy dinner recipe Mary Jane and Victoria! Can't wait to read the next one! Joan ❤️

  20. I am looking forward to reading March Madness. I love the vibrant purple on the cover. It really captures your eye. Thank you for an opportunity to win!

  21. Id love to win the fourth book. but I own all the others, so give it to a new reader if I win. Thanks for the opportunity. Are you ever going to write a culinary mystery?

  22. Tossing my name into the hat.

  23. One of my favorite dishes but didn't know about the sugar. Thank you and thanks for the contest. Hoping to win !!!

  24. Oh, wow! I have had such a craving for shrimp this summer! Thanks for the recipe and for the chance to win!


  25. I've enjoyed this series, waiting for Marsh Madness.

  26. I've already pre-ordered The Marsh Madness and am looking forward to reading it!

  27. This recipe looks delicious, even though I'm the only one in my house who eats shrimp. I still may have to try it sometime. The books both sound wonderful too. Thanks for the chance to win one of them!

  28. would love to review these books!
    the recipe looks fabulous..........

  29. Thank you so much for the shoutout! Share your delicious pic on pinterest and Twitter! Yum!


  30. I'm not familiar with this author, but looks like I'll have to give the books a try. They're not fattening, are they?
    rmjsbright at yahoo dot com

  31. Dying for shrimp again and this fits the bill. Thanks, and congrats to all on the book releases!

    lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  32. Recipe looks great. I loved the Christie Curse

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

  33. I actually haven't read this series yet but have been getting more interested the more I see it promoted. I'd love a chance to read The Christie Curse & review it for you. I've recently started reviewing books I've read & it's been great fun.

  34. The recipe looks delicious and quick. Will give it a try this week! I love to read and am looking forward to reading this book

  35. Recipe sounds delicious. Looking forward to new book. Sounds great. Thank you.

  36. Sugar in the shrimp is totally new to me. I have to try it!