Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Linguini with Shrimp and Lemon Sauce

If you don't like lemon, then this is not the recipe for you. I saw Giada de Laurentils make this on Food Network a while back and thought I'd give it a try. Her recipe does not call for red pepper or butter, but I added both. Also, her recipe called for arugula, but I only had spinach so I used that instead.

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For the lemon oil:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, zested

For the pasta:
1/2 to 1 pound linguine pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
16 ounces frozen shrimp
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces arugula (about 3 packed cups)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

For the lemon oil:
Combine the olive oil and the lemon zest in a small bowl and reserve.

For the pasta:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. I roasted red bell pepper and added it to the shallots and garlic to sautee them a bit. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked linguine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper (I added 1 tablespoon butter as well). Toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the arugula. Using a mesh sieve, strain the lemon zest out of the reserved lemon olive oil and add the oil to the pasta. The zest can be discarded. Add the chopped parsley to the pasta and toss to combine. I served this with garlic bread.


The Mommy Chef said...

I love Giada's recipes! This one looksvery good.I am going to add it to may "make" file!

Nicolasa said...

Thanks! It was yummy :)