Bernte’s Shrimp Pasta (w. Homemade Fish stock) – Bernte’s Räkpasta (med Hemgjord Fiskbuljong)

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My brother’s girlfriend has a dad (Bernte) who is a wonderful cook. For over a year, I’ve been hearing about this shrimp pasta that he made, and how absolutely wonderful it was. The second time my brother arrived from their country house, the pasta had been served again. Bernte was kind enough to share his special recipe – that I’m now sharing with you! Please don’t be intimidated by the ingredients or the time! It’s easy, and you will love it. How cool isn’t it to be able to say that you made your own fish stock?  So here comes this special recipe – I hope you will try it too. And than you, Bernte, for letting me use your recipe.

Recipe/ Recept 

2-3 pounds of shrimp / 1-1.5 kg räkor

1 yellow onion / 1 stor gul lök 

2 carrots / 2 morötter

2 sticks of selleri / 2 stjälkar selleri 

4 garlic cloves / 4 vitlöksklyftor 

2.5 tbsp tomato purée / 2.5 msk tomatpuré

0.8 cups of white whine / 2 dl vitt vin 

vatten / water

salt / salt

1.3 cups of cream / 3 dl grädde

pasta / pasta

parsley / persilja 

parmesan / parmesan

1. Start by peeling the shrimp. Save the peel. / Börja med att skala räkorna. Spara skalet.

2. Chop all the vegetables. / Hacka alla grönsaker.

3. Fry the vegetables in olive oil until softened. / Stek grönsakerna i olivolja tills de mjuknat.

4. Add in the tomato purée. / Lägg i tomatpurén.

5. Add in the shrimp peel, keep stirring. / Lägg i räkskalen, rör om hela tiden.

6. Keep stirring for about 7 min. / Fortsätt röra runt i ca 7 min.

7. Add in the wine. / Lägg i vinet.

8. Cover up with water. / Täck med vatten.

9. Let simmer for 30 min, without lid. / Låt puttra i 30 min, utan lock.

10. Strain away the peel and vegetables through a fine strainer. / Sila bort skal och grönsaker genom en fin sil.

11. Reduce further until about 1.5 cup remains. / Reducera ytterligare tills drygt 3 dl kvarstår.

12. Add in salt. / Lägg i salt.

13. Add the cream and let simmer until creamy. / Lägg i grädden och låt puttra tills såsen blivit krämig.

14. Mix with the pasta. / Blanda med pastan.

15. Serve with the shrimp, parsley, and lots of parmesan. / Servera med räkor, persilja och massor av parmesan.

16. Done! / Klart!

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