Spaghetti with Lemon Shrimp
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Pasta:
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for the pasta water
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (about 1 large lemon)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Optional-Capers
DIRECTIONS
  1. Make the shrimp: In a medium saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with the salt and pepper; add to the preheated pan in a single layer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Make the pasta: Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, parmesan and lemon zest and juice in a large bowl to blend.
  3. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, shrimp and the reserved cooking liquid, adding it 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Season with the salt and pepper; stir in the basil. Garnish with the fried capers and more parmesan, if desired.
  4. Cook’s Note
  5. How to Fry Capers: Drain, rinse and dry the capers very well. Heat 1/4 inch vegetable oil in a small straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the capers and fry for about 2 minutes, or until they have popped open and are golden brown and crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
A little change from burgers and pizza and it is easy too!