The recipe for today is one continuing our sun-shiny lemon recipes, but today we’re not making dessert – we’re making a pasta dish.
Lemon Pasta with Shrimp is a main dish that’s also going under the heading of Money-Saving Meals. If you find a good deal on shrimp (frozen in this case), this is a very economical meal. This one is loosely based on Ina Garten’s recipe for Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp, but as usual, I had to put my own spin on it. It’s easy, it’s lemony, and it’s delicious – sounds like it fits all the criteria for letting the sun shine in.
Here is the recipe as I made it:
Lemon Pasta with Shrimp
2 pounds frozen cooked shrimp (you can roast raw shrimp, like Ina does, but this was what I had on hand)
If using cooked shrimp, remove tails once the shrimp is thawed.
Meanwhile, cook according to package instructions:
1 pound thin spaghetti, angel hair pasta, or other pasta – whatever you like
Drain pasta and reserve a cup or so of the pasta water to add to the sauce, if needed.
Melt in a large skillet:
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 green onions, greens only, thinly sliced
Add the shrimp just long enough to warm through.
Add cooked pasta to the sauce in the skillet.
Add some reserved pasta water, if needed.
It helps to zest your lemon rind and juice the lemon before starting.
I had cooked frozen shrimp on hand, so that’s what I used.
My skillet isn’t big enough to put the pasta into, so I combined the pasta and the sauce right in the bowl.
I made a mistake and didn’t notice before starting, that the recipe calls for 2 pounds of shrimp and 1 pound of pasta. I only had 1 pound of shrimp and should have used only 1/2 pound of pasta. I used the whole pound, but because of the amount of juice in the lemons from California (they were incredibly juicy), the amount of sauce was just fine.
This is a delicious and lemony pasta dish, and you’re going to love it! Make this one tonight! It’s faster to make than fast food!