Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp

4 servings

Salt and pepper
1 pound linguine
6 tablespoons butter
1 small Poblano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1½ cups chicken stock
½ cup crème fraîche or mexican crema
1 pound medium shrimp
fresh thyme, finely chopped, for garnishing
Grated parmigiano-reggiano, for passing around the table (optional)

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook it until al dente. Drain.
2. While the pasta is working, in a medium saucepan, melt 4 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the poblano, onion and garlic and cook until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken stock and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes.
3. In a small saucepan, heat the crème fraîche (or crema) over medium heat. Whisk the warm cream into the poblano sauce. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until very smooth; season with salt.
4. In a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until firm and pink; season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and poblano sauce to the shrimp; toss well. Sprinkle the thyme on top. Pass the cheese at the table, if desired.

Everyday with Rachael Ray, March 2012: Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp

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