Shrimp Pasta with Bacon and Creamy Mushrooms

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 6 Servings

There is nothing better than shrimp cooked in a rich cream sauce. However, we can certainly enhance the flavor with the addition of a few ingredients such as bacon and forest mushrooms. What a combination!!

1 pound (21-25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 ounces penne pasta, cooked
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
1/4 cup melted butter
3 tbsps olive oil
½ cup minced red onions
1/4 cup thinly sliced garlic
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsps tubed sun-dried tomato paste
1 tbsp flour
1 ad 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
pinch nutmeg
1/4 cup minced basil
1 tbsp minced thyme
salt and black pepper to taste
granulated garlic to taste
1/2p grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsps chopped parsley

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well, set aside and keep warm. In a large sauté pan, heat butter in olive oil over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp. Do not overcook. Add onions and sliced garlic and cook 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted, stirring occasionally. Add bell peppers and mushrooms and saute3-5 additional minutes, stirring often. Add sun-dried tomatoes and sun-dried tomato paste and stir to mix well. Add flour, blending well into vegetable mixture. Add shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes or until pink and curled, stirring frequently. Add cream and stir until well incorporated. Bring to a low boil, reduce to simmer and add nutmeg, basil and thyme. Season to taste with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Cook until cream is reduced by 25 percent cheese, stirring to mix well. Add cooked penne pasta and blend well. Pour mixture into a large serving bowl and top with parsley.