A tetrazzini is essentially a mixture of spaghetti noodles, a white cream sauce, a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, and a protein mixed in. Chicken Tetrazzini is a popular dish in Italian restaurants around here. I saved this recipe in my Google reader over a year ago, and then remembered that Graham didn't like cream sauce, so I forgot about it. A few weeks ago, in an effort to clean out my GR, I saw this recipe and decided to give it a shot.
I really liked it. It needs a little work, but for a first try it was pretty darn good. Graham didn't love it, but it's bound by a cream sauce, so it's my fault for even trying.
1 lb. spaghetti
2 T. butter
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. mayonnaise
2 c. milk
1/4 c. white wine
Salt and pepper
2 T. minced parsley
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese (at least)
Boil spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Heat oven to 350 F.
Meanwhile, saute onion in butter over medium heat until tender, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute about 5 minutes. Remove onion, garlic, and mushrooms from pan, and add shrimp. Cook no more than 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan when shrimp is cooked and translucent.
Remove pan from heat and add flour, mayo, milk, and wine to pan. Whisk together to mix well. Return pan to heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick. Season with salt, pepper, and parsley to taste. Test sauce and add more salt, pepper, or parsley depending on your tastes.
In a bowl, mix together onion, garlic, mushroom, shrimp, sauce, and spaghetti. Pour mixture into a large casserole dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese; begin with 1/4 c. and add more if desired. Bake at 350 F. for 30 minutes.
- It's important to not overcook the spaghetti or shrimp, but also try not to under cook them. You're not really cooking when you throw it all in the oven, you're just warming it all together.
- I felt like parsley tonight, but thyme, basil, or Herbs de Provence would work just as well.
- This actually came together really quickly, despite the different pots I had going. Once it went into the oven I had time to do the dishes and set the table!
- Mushrooms, onion, and garlic compliment this, but peas, chopped green beans, asparagus....there are plenty of vegetables that would work with this.