Baked and Buttered Bay Shrimp over Pasta

October 6, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Keeping the ingredient list short but full of intention means that every flavor works in unison, with little waste. Waste, like shrimp shells, is a matter of perspective -- and this recipe proves that big flavor can come in simple packages.Caroline Wright

Serves: 4


  • 2 pounds large, shell-on shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces cappellini pasta
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. On a large piece of parchment, pile the shrimp, butter, bay leaves, pepper, and lemon; toss everything with salt to taste. Crimp and fold the parchment paper around shrimp to form a packet. Bake until the shrimp are opaque, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Peel the shrimp and discard shells. Divide the pasta among serving bowls, and top with shrimp. Before serving, spoon the bay butter that has collected in the parchment packets over the pasta.

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Reviews (2) Questions (1)

2 Reviews

Max H. March 3, 2016
I found that once the shrimp got out of the oven it took too long to undo the shells, and the pasta was a little bit cold when serving. Next time I''ll undo the shells before putting in the oven, but still add them to the parchment mix, so you get ánd the flavor, ánd the easy handling of peeled shrimp.
Shannon July 16, 2015
This recipe was delicious, however, there wasn't enough of the shrimp sauce for the pasta. There was just enough for four very small servings, but not much more. The flavor and the parchment packet cooking is wonderful, though.