Oct 24, 2011
Shrimp and Basil Pasta
I love pasta especially delicate ones like this that are fresh and healthy without all the extra sauces. Extra virgin olive oil mixed with lemon juice and fresh garlic makes a beautiful sauce for pasta as well as salads. Throw in some fresh herbs like basil and cilantro and wow what a flavor for your palate. Please remember that shrimp take only a minute or two to cook anything left in the pan longer than that just taste tough and rubbery everything a shrimp should not be.
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 (8 ounce) package angel hair or spaghetti pasta
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 pound large shrimp - peeled and deveined
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 scallion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Cook paste per package directions. In a large bowl add shrimp, garlic, half of olive oil, cilantro, basil, salt, paprika and lemon juice. Mix well and allow to marinate at least 15 minutes.
2. In a large saucepan on medium heat add 1 ladle of pasta water. Add remaining olive oil, scallions and tomatoes. Cook until tender about 5 minutes. Add shrimp allowing to cook until pink.
3. Add pasta into pan and combine, serve.
Yields: 4 servings