Warm Pasta Salad with Shrimp

  • Melthread Posted: 09/16/10
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    This dish had terrific flavor. I followed the advice of others and used 1 bag spinach, 2 cups pasta, 2 tsp garlic, and threw a chopped tomato on top. Both me and my family enjoyed this tremendously and will be making it again soon. The lemon/mustard/caper/salty taste is different and delicious.

  • carolfitz Posted: 10/28/10
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    This was an okay pasta salad. Used a whole can of beans and half shrimp/half hot Italian turkey sausage. Not visually appealing, okay flavors.

  • TsKitchen Posted: 09/03/10
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    This was quite tasty and easy (can you beat that combination really?). I would definitely make it again

  • michuginah Posted: 08/20/10
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    This was really good and easy. Made it for company and it went over really well. The only thing I would change is the capers, forget them, they don't blend nicely with the other flavors. We also added some cheese - I added feta and others added fresh mozzarella. Will definitely make again!

  • JIMMIC Posted: 11/24/10
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    Followed recipe exactly, except for Capers, as my wife does not like them. Neither of us enjoyed this recipe. It's to much lemon flavored. I will not make this again.

  • Donita Posted: 08/26/10
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    I agree with some of the others -- double or triple the spinach (don't need to chop it), and use a 14 oz. can of white beans. I used grainy mustard, and served with dry red chiles. Needs either chiles or salty cheese on top -- otherwise a little bland.

  • lolbeth Posted: 09/01/10
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    This was very good. I made some minor changes, reduced pasta to 2 cups, increased shrimp to 1 lb (it was thawed out) and increased garlic to 3-4 cloves. Quick and easy week night meal.

  • ohiogirlof6 Posted: 10/13/10
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    I made this last night for the first time and it is delicious! I made some changes of course. I used 2 large cloves of garlic, added crushed red pepper when cooking the shrimp (we love things to be a little hotter in our house). I added an entire 10 oz bag of spinach, what the recipe calls for is not nearly enough. And the 3 cups of pasta is probably too much and could be reduced 1/2 cup. I also added fresh chopped tomatoes - fantastic dinner!

  • pamofpenna Posted: 08/21/10
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    This is good. I made it exactly as the recipe stated. It has a nice light lemon flavor. I would add more spinach next time.

  • llaurra1 Posted: 09/01/10
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    My mom recently made this (less the beans and plus fresh tomatoes from the garden) when I was home for a visit, and it was fantastic! We had it warm the first day and cold the second, and it was great both times. Would definitely make this again. It would be a good dish to bring to work for lunch since it can be made ahead.

  • KTDETTLE Posted: 09/01/10
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    I AGREE WITH OTHERS, NEEDING LESS PASTA, MORE SPINACH AND GARLIC, MAYBE A BIT LESS DIJON MUSTARD (JUST NOT A FAN OF THAT MUCH) AND TOP WITH FETA. ALSO ADDED FRESH TOMATO CHOPPED AT THE END, MAKING IT MORE COLORFUL.

  • ajmonmurphy Posted: 10/25/10
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    This is the first thing I've made that no one in my family would eat. The flavors and textures were not especially complimentary. This recipe was a waste of good shrimp.

  • RachelNYC Posted: 08/22/10
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    The picture is misleading as it looks like the dish is a lot of spinach and other ingredients and a smattering of pasta. However, if you follow the recipe you get a big bowl of pasta and little of everything else. I would halve the pasta and double or triple the spinach. Otherwise, the sauce is good and it has potential.

  • Veronica665 Posted: 03/17/11
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    Wonderful. Lots of flavor and very easy. Tasted even better the next day.

  • kabrobinson Posted: 04/28/11
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    I thought this was pretty good, and can handle lots of variations. I also used more garlic, more spinach, a half can of diced tomatoes, and little less lemon. But this could easily be made with chicken too.

  • nicolecorsi Posted: 05/26/11
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    I think this is a hit or miss recipe. My husband enjoyed it, but he will eat anything. I enjoyed everything but the beans and found myself eating around them by the end. I liked the flavors all separate from each other. I would make again, maybe with a smaller bean like black bean.

  • lnlester3 Posted: 05/01/12
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    I didn't find the recipe that great overall. I felt that it was missing something (in the sauce) that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I like lemon so I didn't mind that aspect of it. Perhaps the idea above of adding the can of tomatoes would add a little more flavor. Probably won't make again.

  • lalutt05 Posted: 01/13/13
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    I really enjoyed it. I used 2c pasta, which was plenty, and a full bag of spinach. I'll make it again! Also, I didn't think there was too much lemon juice.

  • leaavon Posted: 01/11/13
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    Good recipe, but will need a little tweaking to make it great!

  • susi973 Posted: 01/19/14
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    This dish was very tasty! I also doubled the garlic in the sauce, used Swiss chard instead of spinach, and some fresh tomatoes. I also used a little olive oil and some more garlic to sauté the shrimp, removed the shrimp when cooked and added the onion to sauté slightly. Then added the Swiss chard, cooking til wilted. Then finished it off following the recipe. Wil be making it again soon!

  • shelbymartin001 Posted: 07/29/12
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    Yummy!! Made it for lunch today. I did some substitutions as well, Instead of bowtie pasta, I used garden rotini for colour, instead of dijon, I added a few splashes of italian dressing, I also halved some cherry tomatoes and added those as well. Serve hot w some parmesan cheese (feta would taste good too for some xtra protein)!! Voila! Tasty, healthy and filling!

  • cwpdwp05 Posted: 05/01/13
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    This turned out much better than I expected. I made some changes based on other reviews. I used 2 cups pasta, added more spinach, added 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper to the shrimp, used 1/2 cup chopped red onion and added some 1/2 cup diced tomatoes. Followed the rest of the recipe except I didn't use the beans or capers. It was very good and I will add it to the recipe file to make again.

  • rossieski Posted: 05/29/13
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    Quick and easy! Agree though needs less pasta and more spinach then the recipe calls for. Will make again!

  • JoyBugaloo Posted: 08/13/14
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    As others have said, this recipe should be thought of as a beginning point and adapted from there. I used the full amount of pasta (swapping out whole grain rotini, because that's what I had on hand), doubled the spinach but did not saute it, tripled the garlic, used the whole can of beans, increased the mustard to 2T, and added 2T each of chopped fresh basil, finely-shredded Grana Padano cheese, and pine nuts. Also, I didn't have any capers, so I swapped out a little bit of minced pickled jalapeno slices. Oh, and I tossed the shrimp with some Cajun seasoning and lemon pepper before sauteeing in a little extra olive oil . So, basically, I made an entirely different recipe! Ha ha. But with these additions, it is over-the-top! Before I serve it for dinner tonight, I will also throw in a few chopped-up black cocktail tomatoes for some much-needed color and a little extra flavor.

  • TBardallis Posted: 06/04/14
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    This was awesome!! Tasted great warm last night for dinner and now is perfect cold too for lunch today! The whole family liked it too, including the kids! I did add more spinach and used shallots instead of red onion because I prefer it. I will definitely make it again!

  • cmeola1001 Posted: 03/20/14
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    I have made this recipe about ten times because the flavors are all so great and the ingredients are items that I commonly have on hand. Every year on our family beach vacation my mom and sister request this dish from me! That said, I do agree with many of the other reviews that some tweaking is in need to make the dish go from good to great. Extra spinach, garlic and beans and slightly less pasta. I also cook the pasta a little more than I normally would and really let the sauce soak in before I serve.. Through a little trial and error this dish has become a family favorite!

  • rhm118 Posted: 08/06/14
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    The combination of ingredients was wonderful, except for the sauce. The sauce was something I would expect on a salad, and did not go well with the warm pasta dish at all.

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