Bucatini With Pesto and Shrimp

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

Kosher salt

2 cups drained canned San Marzano tomatoes (about 8 tomatoes)

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 cups packed fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying and drizzling

1 pound bucatini or spaghetti

1/2 cup instant flour (such as Wondra)

1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined, halved lengthwise

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, make the pesto: Process the tomatoes, basil, mint, almonds, garlic, orange zest and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined. With the motor running, gradually add 1/3 cup olive oil in a steady stream and blend to make a coarse pesto, scraping down the sides of the processor as needed. Transfer the pesto to a large bowl; do not wash out the processor.

Add the bucatini to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Meanwhile, heat about 1/4 inch of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Put the flour in a shallow dish. Season the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt, then dredge in the flour. Fry the shrimp in 2 batches until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.

Remove the pasta with tongs (reserve the cooking water) and transfer to the bowl with the pesto; toss to coat. If the pasta seems dry, rinse the food processor with 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water and add to the pasta, a little at a time. Season with salt. Add the cheese and toss. Drizzle the pasta with olive oil and divide among bowls; top with the shrimp.

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