Quick-Cooking Shrimp : Shrimp are a crowd-pleaser and a great protein for any night of the week, because they cook up quick and can be used in all sorts of dishes. They come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from small to jumbo. There are no hard-and-fast rules for sauteing — any size shrimp can be used. By Mindy Fox
Giada builds flavor in her holiday-worthy pasta by starting the sauce with a base of smoky bacon and sweet sauteed shallots. While the cream and lobster add richness and luxurious bites, fresh herbs like basil and tarragon brighten up the dish.