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Thin Spaghetti With Shrimp

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Prep: 20 min., Cook: 20 min. A sprinkle of fresh herbs from the garden adds incredible flavor to this pasta dish. Try basil, thyme, or chives instead of parsley.


  • 1 (16-oz.) box thin spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 cups chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Garnish: fresh parsley sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and keep warm.

  2. While pasta cooks, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, and bay leaf; sauté 5 to 6 minutes. Add shrimp, and sauté 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Stir in wine, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until wine evaporates.

  3. Add tomatoes to skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in half-and-half and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.

  4. Transfer spaghetti to a serving dish, and top with shrimp mixture. Garnish, if desired.