Spaghetti with Lemon, Shrimp, and Bread Crumbs

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Author Notes: This recipe was originally conceived on a sleepy Sunday afternoon after several days with out a grocery run, and came into its own after a fortuitous visit to Locanda Verde in Tribeca when I tasted a chef’s version of the pasta dish I had been dreaming of: deeply lemony, rich with shrimp and butter, just enough heat from the red pepper flakes. It was in a word, heavenly. Perfect with a glass of white wine.Laura Messersmith | Goldfinch & Scout


Serves 4

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (31-40 count)
  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss the cherry tomatoes with olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper on a sheet pan. Spread them out into one layer roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and just starting to blister. Turn halfway through the cooking time.
  3. While the tomatoes are roasting, peel and devein the shrimp. Spread in one layer on a sheet pan and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. When the tomatoes are nearly finished, add the sheet pan with the shrimp to the oven and roast for 2 to 3 minutes. The shrimp are done when they begin to turn pink and are firm to the touch.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the thin spaghetti in salted boiling water according to the package directions, about 6 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  5. In a large saute pan, heat the butter and oil and cook the garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Off the heat, add 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, and lemon juice and pour this over the pasta. Toss well to coat the pasta.
  6. Add the roasted tomatoes and shrimp to the bowl and gently toss. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh basil, parsley, and breadcrumbs.

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