Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
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Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

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Treat yourself to a taste of culinary indulgence with this exquisite Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta, a symphony of flavors and textures that will delight your senses. Succulent shrimp, sautéed in a fragrant garlic and herb-infused butter sauce, tossed with al dente pasta and finished with a burst of fresh lemon zest. This elegant yet effortless dish is perfect for special occasions or weeknight dinners when you crave something truly special.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz (225g) pasta of your choice (such as linguine or spaghetti)
  • 1 lb (450g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, for a hint of heat (optional)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Shrimp: While the pasta is cooking, pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Sauté the Shrimp: In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Make the Sauce: In the same skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped parsley, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir well to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Return the cooked pasta to the skillet with the lemon garlic butter sauce. Toss to coat the pasta evenly, adding reserved pasta cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.
  6. Add the Shrimp: Gently fold the cooked shrimp into the pasta, heating through for another minute.
  7. Serve: Divide the Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta among serving plates. Garnish with additional chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!

Indulge in the luxurious flavors of Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta, a decadent dish that’s sure to impress with its bright and savory notes, perfect for any occasion.

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