Summer may be over, but I still like to enjoy tasty, light pastas. This particular pasta seems a bit summery with the lemon and shrimp, and it's rather enjoyable. If you love summer like I do, you'll want to savor it for as long as you can, and this pasta is a perfect distraction for doing just that. In my opinion, if it's still warm out and the sun is still shining, I'm going to continue to enjoy my summery pasta—until I move on to soups, of course. I believe in easy, delicious and elegant dishes; and just like a lot of the pastas I make, this one is pretty easy.
The lemon flavor in this pasta is pretty obvious, so if you're not a fan of lemon, I would honestly stay away from this recipe. I will say that lemon pairs very well with fish dishes, so just try it out and see how it goes. Do it for me, please?
Here are a few of the main ingredients (minus the shrimp) you'll need to make this pasta goodness happen:
While you're prepping the rest of your ingredients, take your shrimp and toss with some olive oil, crushed red pepper, lemon zest, chopped herbs, and a little salt and pepper.
Next, heat more olive oil in a skillet and add the minced garlic, tomatoes, additional lemon zest and—of course—a bit of salt and pepper. I like flavor and seasoning, so it's rather important to season to taste at every step.
While all of this is happening, feel free to go ahead and start to boil the noodles; I used angel hair. Just make the noodles according to the box's suggestion.
OK, back to business. In the skillet where the tomatoes and garlic are, add the shrimp and cook thoroughly.
Once the pasta is done, drain the pasta and keep about half a cup of the pasta water. Toss the pasta, pasta water and spinach in the tomato mixture. Add more lemon juice (as much as you're comfortable with), and season with salt and pepper as you see fit. Smells like summer!
Serve with some delicious crusty bread and your favorite white wine—and never say goodbye to summer. Thanks to Bev Cooks for the recipe.
Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by following her on Twitter or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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