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Creamy Shrimp Piccata

- Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Save on prep time by buying shrimp peeled and deveined.

Hands-on time: 40 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

8 ounces spaghetti

1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined, large raw shrimp

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons butter

2 shallots, minced (about 1/3 cup)

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup (2 oz.) freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed

Herbed Breadcrumbs

Garnish: chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

How to Make It

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup hot pasta water.

Cook shrimp in hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes or just until pink. Remove from skillet. Add butter to skillet. Cook shallots in melted butter, stirring often, about 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds.

Stir in wine, and cook, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until reduced to about 1 Tbsp. Stir in heavy cream and next 3 ingredients, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in cheese, lemon juice, spaghetti, and reserved 1/4 cup pasta water. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp and capers, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with Herbed Breadcrumbs.

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