Baked Ziti with Shrimp


 

This Baked Ziti with Shrimp is my new favorite dish!Scallops, shrimp, and a silky sauce does the trick. It takes some practice but well worth it.

IINGREDIENTS :

- 8 ounces uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle of roasted red bell peppers, drained
- 1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped
- 8 ounces bay scallops
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- Cooking spray
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) of shredded sharp provolone cheese


How to Make It

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.
3. In a food processor, combine together hot water, roasted red bell peppers, and cream cheese ; process until smooth, scraping sides.
4. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add salt, shrimp, scallops, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp and scallops are almost done. Add pepper mixture to pan; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pasta and parsley to shrimp mixture, tossing well to combine. Into an 8-inch square baking dish, spoon pasta mixture lightly coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts; remove from oven.
5. Preheat broiler.
6. Return dish to oven; broil until cheese begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.

Chef’s Notes;

So the sauce can set, you should let the dish stand a few minutes after it emerges from the oven.