Lemon Spaghetti with Jumbo Shrimp

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Shrimp:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pasta:
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons capers, fried briefly in a little olive oil
Directions

For the shrimp: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the shrimp with the salt and pepper, then add to the pan in a single layer and cook until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Set aside.

For the pasta: Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving the pasta water.

While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, Parmesan, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. Toss the drained pasta with the lemon sauce, the shrimp and some of the reserved pasta water; add 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Add the salt, pepper and basil and toss. Garnish with the fried capers.


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