Jan 16, 2012

Spaghetii with Creamy Fava Bean Sauce and Rosemary Infused Grilled Shrimps


That's right, I just wanna indulge myself with a very satisfying lunch today.

Spaghetti with creamy fava bean sauce and rosemary infused grilled shrimps -

Ingredients (2 to 3 portion)?

For the shrimps/marinade -
1 dozen shrimps
1 small sprig of rosemary
Some olive oil
Some sea salt
Some freshly ground black pepper

For the fava bean sauce -
1 cup of fava beans
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 roasted garlic cloves
Some sea salt
Some freshly ground black pepper

Others -
2 to 3 portions of spaghetti
1 ripe tomato
Some olive oil
Some sea salt
Some Tabasco sauce - optional
1 small sprig of rosemary - garnish


Peel and devein/butterfly the shrimps,
Take the needle shaped rosemary leaves and chop into tiny pieces,
Mix well with the shrimps,
Sprinkle some salt and pepper,
Also drizzle some olive oil just till the mixture can evenly coast the seafood,
Let it marinate in the fridge for at least few hours, I left it overnight -

Bring a big pot of water to a boil,
Add in a few pinches of salt to flavor the water,
Pour in the spaghetti and cook till al dente in texture,
Drain well and set aside for later use,
Remember to save some pasta water in case you need to dilute the creamy sauce later on.

To make the creamy fava bean sauce,
Bring a small pot of water to a boil, add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt,
Add in the fava beans and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or till softened,
Once done, drain well and transfer into a blender.

Peel 2 garlic cloves and roast them in the oven,
You can simply sear them with a pan instead to save some work,
Once done, transfer to the blender.

Add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to the blender along with some salt and pepper to taste,
Blend till smooth, taste the mixture to see if more salt is needed,
It should be slightly on the salty side because the fava bean sauce will be our main seasoning for the spaghetti.

For the tomato, you can simply chop it into smaller cubes,
If a smoother bite is preferred,
Score the bottom and cook the whole tomato in boiling water for a little bit,
Quickly remove from water and transfer to a bowl full of icy cold water,
That way the skin can be removed easily -

Cut into smaller cubes,
Set aside for later use.

Use a grill pan to cook the shrimps,
About couple minutes on both sides, pan-sear the shrimps works also -

Drizzle some olive oil to a pan, turn to medium heat,
Pour in cooked pasta and the creamy fava bean sauce,
Mix well, it's up to you to add in seared shrimps or serve them separately,
If the mixture appears to dry, you can either add in some previously saved pasta water or more olive oil to dilute the sauce.

To assemble the plate,
Transfer the pasta onto the plate,
Place the shrimps around the spaghetti,
Scoop in some tomato cubes, this will freshen up the heavy creamy taste from the sauce,
Sprinkle some black pepper and drizzle some Tabasco sauce around the plate,
Finally, garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary on top -

I think it's totally reasonable to treat myself a nice meal once a while,
Mmm...let me change my wording a bit, maybe few times a week muahahha!

Cindy's Rating: 8


  1. You even peel the tomato skin! You really take pride in your creations ;)

  2. To Tigerfish~
    Yes indeed, thank you. By the way, Happy Chinese Dragon Year to you first!