Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Last Call for Pasta!

Tomorrow night marks the first seder, a lovely celebratory meal that I look forward to every year... BUT unfortunately it's also the start of 8 pasta-free days! I am a huge fan of all of the stuff you're not allowed to eat over Passover, so during the days leading up to the first seder I usually binge on bread, rice and noodles (so healthy- I know)

To celebrate my pasta binge, here is a delectable recipe I have been eyeing for years but only recently tried out. It's Ina's Linguine with Shrimp Scampi and when I made it the other day it was divine and delicious! Below is my slightly modified version:

Linguine with Shrimp, Lemon and Garlic

  • 3 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • box of linguine
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 .5 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 16 good-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot Red Pepper Flake
    1. Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes.
    3. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper and toss.
    4. When the linguine is al dente, drain while reserving a 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
    5. Add reserved liquid and pasta to the pot with the shrimp mixture. Toss well and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

    NOTE: This recipe is super simple and can be made with ingredients you often have lying around. Next time you're at the market simply snap up a bag of frozen shrimp and you'll be ready to go next time you need a quick tasty meal!


    Arlynn said...

    VERY similar to one of my favorite recipes! Only difference: a splash of yummy white wine (usually a bit of Pino G I have on hand). Yum!!!

    Anonymous said...

    I will for sure be trying this!