The Basics: How to Make Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Pastta

You'll need:

  • a large pot
  • a knife
  • a grater
  • a large frying pan
  • tongs or a colander
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian parsley
  • two garlic cloves
  • a lemon
  • a one-pound package of dry linguine
  • olive oil
  • one pound of large shrimp or prawns (shelled and deveined)
  • white wine
  • Parmesan cheese

Step 1

Step 1

Fill a large pot with water and add a small handful of salt. Place the pot on the stove over high heat.

Step 2

While the water is coming to a boil, coarsely chop a handful of parsley leaves, peel and finely chop the garlic, and zest the lemon with the fine side of a grater or a zester if you have one. Keep the garlic separate.

Step 3

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions. About four minutes before it’s done, place a large frying pan over medium heat.

Step 4

Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the garlic and cook just until it’s fragrant (about 20 seconds).

Step 5

Add the shrimp to the pan and season with a few pinches of salt and pepper. After a couple of minutes, shake the pan to flip the shrimp.

Step 6

When the bodies and tails of the shrimp turn from grayish to pink, add enough wine to just cover the bottom of the pan.

Step 7

Pull the pasta out of the pot with the tongs, or drain it in a colander, and toss it in the pan with your shrimp. (Leave a little water on the pasta to help form the sauce.) Add the lemon zest and parsley and mix well.

Step 8

Transfer the pasta to a serving dish and top with grated Parmesan.