Lemon Garlic Shrimp Penne – Sturdy penne pasta tossed with shrimp in a vibrant lemon, garlic, and butter sauce.There is a woeful lack of seafood on my blog. I apologize for this. A friend and I have been chatting about all the various things I want to make. The list just gets longer and longer, regardless of how many different recipes I make in a given day. Fun fact, six recipes in one day for the blog is my current record. I have no intention of besting myself either.
But I digress. As my friend and I chatted over various recipes I wanted to make, I decided I did need to make the utterly simple, but outrageously delicious lemon garlic shrimp pasta. The most difficult decision was if I wanted to use a long, thin noodle or a short, sturdy noodle. Obviously in the end, I opted for the short and sturdy. I did invite my friend over to enjoy this dish, since it was my conversation with him that push this recipe to the top of the to-make list.
You’re free to use any type of noodle that makes you happy. I’ve had it with angel hair, spaghetti, and linguine. All work. I used a cast-iron skillet because I like how it browns and develops a deeper flavor. But any skillet will do, make sure it is at least 12-inches.
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Penne
- 1/2 lb penne (or pasta of choice)
- 1 lb frozen cooked jumbo (26-30) shrimp (deveined, shelled)
- 4 tbsp butter; divided
- 3 plump cloves garlic; minced/grated
- 3 1/2-4 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley; some reserved as garnish
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions, reserve 1 cup pasta water.
In a skillet, add two tablespoons of butter.
Once melted, place the shrimp in the hot butter. Do not over crowd them. Cooking may need to be done in two batches.
Once the shrimp has cooked, about 4 minutes, return any removed shrimp and add the garlic, remaining butter, lemon juice, and parsley.
Sauté until cooked through and the liquid begins to evaporate.
Add the cooked pasta to the skillet.
Slowly begin to add the pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time until the shrimp and pasta has reached the desired consistence. Pull up any of the stuck on bits at the bottom to intensify the flavor.
Garnish with remaining parsley, serve, and enjoy.
After my friend tasted this, he asked me to marry him. Of course he was joking, but he did say it was ‘marriage proposal’ worthy. It got me thinking of the power of food. What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you as a result of food?