Thursday, April 26, 2012

The most delicious pasta. Ever.

Last night, I cooked the most delicious pasta ever for David. Except for maybe this dish or this one. Like its two predecessors, this recipe was also courtesy of Ina Garten. 

I loved adding the slices of lemon. Ina believes in garnishing with flavors that are actually in the dish, so guests know what to expect. I second that thought.

For dessert, we enjoyed a slice of my strawberry cake. We realized that shrimp and strawberries probably aren't the best foodie combination, but they were both equally delicious.

Here's the pasta recipe if you want to try it. Very easy. 
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, zest grated
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes


Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.
Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.

1 comment:

Kasi said...

I am a complete Barefoot fan too. All of her recipes are amazing....and so is her house. I envy her actually.

Anyway, love the blog makeover. It looks great! I may need a lesson!