Pasta with Shrimp
simple is good. lemon-cream pasta with shrimp won't take a moment. but since you have shells you could bump it up.
melt some garlic in butter, add cream and reduce slightly. (here if you want add shells for a bit then strain) add lemon zest. briefly/barely cook shrimp in cream. remove shrimp and add pasta and coat thoroughly. plate and add shrimp.
This is a variation on one of Giada De Laurentiis' recipes.
Tomatoes & Shrimp with Baby Bowtie Pasta
The juices from the tomatoes, along with the olive oil and starch from the pasta, provide an almost creamy consistency without adding any butter or milk/cream. This amount makes 2 very large servings. Cook time: about 10-15 min.
(All measurements are definitely approximate)
Dressing (make ahead):
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 tbl lemon juice
1 tea capers
Pinch of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
Mix together and pour over dish *after* cooking, but still in pan - heat through
1 clove garlic - minced or pressed
12 - 14 large cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 lb shrimp - peeled, deveined and cut into bite size pieces
A handful of Italian parsley, chopped.
1/2 cup (*uncooked) baby bowtie pasta - these are only about 1/2 inch long
Salt and pepper
*Make the pasta ahead - drain, but do not rinse
Over medium low heat, saute garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes and cook until some of their juices are released, but not so much to break down. Increase heat to medium high, add shrimp and cook until done.
Add dressing and drained pasta and toss to heat through (while still on stove). Add parsley and toss. Serve.
we have shrimp and pasta every 10 days or so and i am almost always torn between making an oil/butter/lemon/red flake sauce or a quick, light tomato sauce. both are better with fresh pasta. the lemon version is particularly good if you make some fastish shrimp stock with the shells--and a few veggies from the fridge--and then use that in the pan sauce where you might otherwise use a bit of the pasta water.
I also make a shrimp dish with oregano, basil, garlic, dry white wine,white pepper red pepper flakes, and butter and olive oil, scallions. Served with cappelini, toss pass the pepper gringer. You can add about 2 T of heavy cream or not, either way its good.
There's also a dish called shrimp pescatore sort of has the same ingredients except tomatoes, and most of the time, clams or mussels, or scallops. Good stuff too.
One of our favorites is angel hair with shrimp, fresh tomatoes basil and feta. It takes about 20 minutes to make too. Just saute a shallot in some olive oil, add the shrimp and a splash of white wine. Then throw in a few ripe chopped tomatoes. Let it cook a few minutes. Add a good bunch of torn basil leaves and the crumble in lots of feta. Season with pepper (the feta gives it enough salt). It gets a nice taste from the feta and the tomatoes and basil always remond me of summer!