A light fettuccine with leeks and shrimp. Simple to make and good the next day for a quick lunch reheated in the microwave. From Good Housekeeping February 2011.
- black pepper
- 1 lb shrimp
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup white wine or 1 cup chicken broth
- 12 ounces fettuccine or 12 ounces linguine
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 leeks
- Bring 2 teaspoons salt and water to boil in a large pot. Cook noodles 2 minutes less than package directs. Reserve 1 Cup cooking liquid. Drain.
- Meanwhile wash and trim leeks. Cut in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 1/4" strips. Rinse slices under water until water is clear. Drain well. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a 12" skillet on medium hi heat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste. Add half of shrimp to pan and cook 1-2 minutes until just pink and curled. Remove from pan. Heat 1 teaspoon oil and repeat with remaining shrimp.
- In same skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium low heat. Add leeks, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir well. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover and add wine or broth. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 4-5 minutes or until wine or broth is reduced by half.
- Add pasta to pan with leeks. Add butter and shrimp. Cook on medium heat until noodles are al dente and glazed with sauce. Toss. Add basil, parsley, and 1/4 t salt. Cook 2 minutes longer tossing and adding reserved cooking liquid if necessary. With a zester grate lemon peel over .
- Note. I kept the reserved cooking liquid and used that when reheating leftovers in microwave. Reheats well.
This was quite a yummy shrimp dish. I used the optional chicken broth rather than white wine and I reduced the leeks to just 1 as my leeks were huge! The next time I make this I would omit the lemon peel and I would like to try it with the white wine too as that would add a nice new dimension. Thank your for sharing your recipe. Made for Fall Pick-a-Chef 2012.