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Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

This recipe is simple and quick, and aside from the shrimp it is relatively inexpensive. It's light, lemony, and refreshing which is practically the requirement for summer-time meals.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by Tessa Arias

Ingredients

Lemon oil:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested

Pasta:

  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound shrimp, fresh or thawed frozen, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly groun black pepper
  • 3 ounces arugula (about 3 packed cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

For the lemon oil:

  1. Combine the olive oil and the lemon zest in a small bowl and reserve.

For the pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. (I always forget to do this!!)
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked linguine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the arugula. Using a mesh sieve, strain the lemon zest out of the reserved lemon olive oil and add the oil to the pasta. The zest can be discarded. Add the chopped parsley to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

From Giada's Kitchen