Recipe of the Week: Shrimp Fettuccine with Garlic and Sundried Tomatoes

mag941 September 17, 2016 0
Recipe of the Week: Shrimp Fettuccine with Garlic and Sundried Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 lb. fettuccine (or spaghetti, or other long pasta)
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, packed in olive oil, chopped
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. anchovy paste (or 1-2 anchovy fillets)
  • ½-1 tsp. red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 TBSP white wine vinegar
  • 5 oz. baby spinach
  • ¼-1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped Italian parsley, plus more for garnish

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. If your shrimp is frozen, thaw, rinse, and drain it well. Pat shrimp thoroughly dry with paper towels, and season lightly on both sides with a pinch of salt.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil. Saute the shrimp for about 1 minute per side, or until pink and just barely opaque all the way through. Remove the shrimp from the pan, and set aside. (Don’t worry if it’s slightly under-done, as it will be added back to the pan later.)
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, and add the butter and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the garlic just starts to turn golden. Be careful not to let it burn.
  4. While the garlic cookes is a good time to drop the pasta in the boiling water. Cook according to package directions until just barely al-dente. Before draining, reserve a ladle full of the pasta water.
  5. While the pasta cooks, add the sundried tomatoes, olives, anchovy paste, and ½ tsp. red pepper flakes to the pan with the garlic and stir for about a minute. Add the red bell pepper, and cook for one minute more. Add the white wine vinegar and spinach, and stir until the spinach is wilted.
  6. Once the pasta is done, drain it (be sure to reserve a little of the cooking liquid), and add the pasta to the pan, along with the shrimp, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, and parsley. Toss everything to combine, adding a couple TBSP of the pasta water if necessary to help coat the pasta and keep it from being too dry.
  7. Taste, and adjust the amount of parmesan and red pepper flakes as needed. Serve immediately with extra parmesan cheese, and more parsley for garnish.

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