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Linguine with Shrimp

This creamy pasta dish is quite rich, so a relatively small amount will satisfy most diners. Paired with a large, simple salad, such as butter lettuce with Champagne vinaigrette or mixed baby salad greens and cubed avocado with white wine vinaigrette, this recipe is elegant enough for a dinner party. Round out the meal with some crusty bread and a bottle of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh chives
  • 2 Tbs. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1 lb. linguine or fettuccine
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • Freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

Grate 1 Tbs. zest from the lemons and squeeze 3 Tbs. juice. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cream and lemon zest and heat until hot. Remove from the heat if the mixture begins to boil. In a small bowl, combine the shrimp, lemon juice and chives; set aside.

Add the 2 Tbs. salt and the pasta to the boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until al dente, according to the package instructions.

When the pasta is within about 3 minutes of being al dente, in a fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook, stirring, until they are opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Add the warm cream to the pan and season the sauce with salt and white pepper.

Drain the pasta and add it to the fry pan. Toss the pasta to coat with the sauce and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Seafood, by Jay Harlow (Oxmoor House, 2007).