"Being a seafood lover and someone who is always on the run, I turn to shrimp for a quick meal," says reality TV star and executive chef Ronaldo Linares. "They're delicious, cook in minutes, and add a wonderful flavor to this Cuban-inspired dish."
2/3 cup penne pasta
2 teaspoons plus 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3 raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 zucchini, peeled and cut into ribbons
1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Toss pasta with 1 teaspoon olive oil and set aside. In a food processor or blender, blend cilantro and avocado to make a paste. Set aside.
2. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons olive oil, onion, garlic, paprika, and oregano and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until onions are translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add shrimp and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water and turn heat to low. Cook for 2 minutes. Add zucchini, pasta, and remaining pasta water. Season again with salt and pepper. Simmer for another minute and fold in avocado and cilantro paste.