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Garlic Lemon Shrimp with Pasta

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K. Kingsley
This garlicky shrimp recipe is simple, delicious and so easy to make that it will quickly become one of your go-to dishes. The beauty of this dish is that it can be served many ways: tossed with pasta as it is here, or over rice, couscous, or plain with a side of crusty herb buttered bread. Anyway I serve this dish, it's always hit!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces thin spaghetti or linguine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or the juice of one lemon)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)

Preparation:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions, or until al dente.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. After 2 minutes, turn the shrimp over, add the remaining tablespoon of oil, the garlic, and red pepper flakes. Stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the lemon zest and white wine to the shrimp. Stir to reduce the wine slightly. Stir in the lemon juice.

3. Ladle 1/3 cup of the cooking water into a large serving bowl. Drain the pasta and add to the bowl. Pour the shrimp with the sauce over the pasta. Add the pine nuts and Parmesan and toss to mix and coat. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and extra red pepper flakes on each serving, if desired.
 

Recipe Notes and Tips

• To toast pine nuts, spread them in a small heavy skillet and cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking the pan frequently, until light brown.
• The cooking time on the package of pasta is only a guideline. Begin to test the cooked pasta after about 4 minutes of cooking and fresh pasta after about 30 seconds. Pull out a piece and bite it, it should feel tender but firm (al dente). Overcooked pasta will by mushy and pasty.
• As soon as the pasta is done, drain it thoroughly in a colander. Do not rinse it unless stated in the recipe. (Pasta is usually only rinsed if it is to be used in a salad.)
• Dried pasta can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and it will keep almost indefinitely. However, dried whole-wheat pasta should be used with 1 month. Fresh pasta should be wrapped tightly and refrigerated up to 5 days, or double wrapped and frozen up to 4 months. Frozen pasta does not have to be thawed before cooking.
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