Shrimp and Pancetta over Polenta

Shrimp and Pancetta PolentaPolenta is very popular in the American south and Italy. It makes a great naturally gluten free base to many meals – or as I had it as a child, for breakfast with a bit of honey and milk made by my grandmother. I added a bit of goat’s cheese and basil to the polenta for a bit more taste and creaminess.

For my personal bowl I added just a bit of Sriricha – which I kept out of the main dish since I was feeding family that doesn’t like food as spicy as mine. It really gave it some punch and I really enjoyed the extra heat.

Shrimp and Pancetta PolentaIngredients:
For the polenta
3 cups water
1 cup polenta (corn grits)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces plain goat’s cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

For the main dish:
1/2 pound shrimp, cleaned and de-veined
4 ounces pancetta, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon parsley
sea salt and pepper, to taste

shrimppolenta1Bring 3 cups of water and salt to a boil and add the polenta. Reduce heat and allow to thicken, stirring occasionally. Add the goat’s cheese and basil and stir well. Remove from heat and cover.

In a large saucepan over medium low heat, add the oil, garlic, and pancetta. Allow to cook until the pancetta is starting to become crisp. Add the tomatoes, basil, shrimp, salt, pepper, and parsley. Cook until the shrimp are cooked all the way through, and the sauce is hot. Serve over the polenta. Serves 4. Enjoy!

*Topping with a bit of sriracha or green onions adds a bit more punch.

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3 thoughts on “Shrimp and Pancetta over Polenta

  1. Sophie33 2014/05/21 / 3:56 am

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