Yum yum yum! Cook's Illustrated continues to impress me. I love shrimp, and I love pasta, so I knew this would be a winner. I especially loved the idea to cut the shrimp in small pieces and use shorter pasta--so much of the time I make dishes like this with linguine and the pieces get lost in all that pasta. It made for an even balance, and it was surprisingly filling! I've never made a dish with clam juice before, and I like the taste it added to the dish. Cooking the shrimp for a short period allowed it to still have a nice bite. I would suggest having all the ingredients ready to go once you start cooking the shrimp, since the dish comes together quickly from that point. And I just realized I completely spaced on the parsley--it would have added some nice color had I remembered!
Garlicky Shrimp Pasta
5 medium garlic cloves , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 5 teaspoons), plus 4 medium cloves, smashed 1 pound large shrimp (21-25), peeled, deveined, each shrimp cut into 3 pieces 3 tablespoons olive oil Table salt 1 pound pasta in short, tubular shapes, such as fusilli, campanelle, or mezze rigatoni 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons unbleached, all-purpose 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine 3/4 cup clam juice 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon lemon juice plus 1 lemon, cut into wedges Ground black pepper
1. Toss 2 teaspoons minced garlic, shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Let shrimp marinate at room temperature 20 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
2. Heat 4 smashed garlic cloves and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic is light golden brown, 4 to 7 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and use slotted spoon to remove garlic from skillet; discard garlic. Set skillet aside.
3. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta. Cook until just al dente, then drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, and transfer pasta back to Dutch oven.
4. While pasta cooks, return skillet with oil to medium heat; add shrimp with marinade to skillet in single layer. Cook shrimp, undisturbed, until oil starts to bubble gently, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir shrimp and continue to cook until almost cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Using slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to medium bowl. Add remaining 3 teaspoons minced garlic and pepper flakes to skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute; stir in vermouth and cook for 1 minute. Add clam juice and parsley; cook until mixture starts to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes. Off heat, whisk in butter and lemon juice. Add shrimp and sauce to pasta, adding reserved cooking water if sauce is too thick. Season with black pepper. Serve, passing lemon wedges separately.
By lazy I mean BUSY. I work long hours so cooking during the week is not an option. Luckily, my husband is completely cool with this and sustains himself on yogurt, protein shakes, and peanut butter sandwiches during the week. I love to cook on weekends. Most dishes are simple, but I LOVE trying new recipes!