Lemon juice adds bright acidity and makes all the difference in such a simple dish. Garnish with a slice of lemon to enhance the citrus effect. Serve with Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad.
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well; set aside, and keep warm.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp, garlic, and crushed red pepper; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring occasionally. Add cooked pasta, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and spinach; cook for 3 minutes or until spinach starts to wilt, stirring to combine. Serve immediately.
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My husband and I love spicy and we thought the red pepper flakes were SPOT ON. But if you're not a crazy spicy food eater, do cut back on the red pepper flakes. We were both SUPER happy with this meal.
I love spicy, but a whole teaspoon of red pepper flakes was WAY too much. Maybe 1/4 teaspoon tops. Also, I'd double the lemon juice if you want to actually taste lemon. Really good and light pasta dish, quick and easy to make.
This was super quick and easy. I just defrosted some shrimp I always have in the freezer. I would definitely use less of the red pepper flakes. a teaspoon is way too much, especially for kids. I prepared it with 1/4 tsp and I just sprinkled on more to mine and my husband's at the end so that it was kid friendly to my boys. 1/4 tsp was even a bit too spicy for the kids. I would also add some more spinach since it wilts a lot. But a really fast, easy, tasty meal.
I liked this recipe, but the rest of the family could barely eat it because it was so spicy. Next time, I'll 1/4 the red pepper flakes, add more lemon and zest. Served with the caprese salad. I agree, using some of the water from the fettucine will help..