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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Shrimp Scampi with Lemon Pepper Pasta~Healthy Version

Dizzy? Tizzy? How do you best describe my feeling in head while shopping at Trader Joe's? I have only gone with two kids shoved into a tiny cart or while trying to keep them next to me. I mean, can you really take your time? No, but that is to the benefit of TJ's and our family as I grab a bunch of stuff that catches my eye and will aid a quick meal. This time was their 'lemon pepper Pappardelle Pasta'. I heard you, say it again 'Ohhhhhhhh'. Yes, and even the packaging is lovely. As soon as I saw it, I thought shrimp and so did TJ's because they have a simple shrimp recipe on the back. However, I thought I would take it a bit further and attempt a healthier
shrimp scampi. I think it rocks.

1 package of Trader Joe's lemon pepper pappardelle pasta
1 lb. frozen 31-40 shrimp, uncooked, thawed, shells removed, tail on or off*
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
zest of 1/2 lemon**
2 tablespoons of flat leaf parsley, minced

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and boil for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute garlic about 1 minute. Mix in chicken broth, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced by about 1/2. 3. Toss in shrimp, parsley and butter into the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the shrimp are opaque. Stir in the pasta, and continue cooking 1 minute, until well coated.
*I used 51-60 which looked tiny next to the pasta, use the 31-40's.

I also thought this would be a great recipe to enter into Festa Italian over at finding La Dolce vita and Proud Italian Cook.
**By the way, the pasta is quite lemony and has some heat from the generous 'peppering' so try to restrain from adding lemon juice and pepper.


RebeccainGermany said...

This looks delicious! I have a hard time getting good shrimp here in Germany, so I´ll substitute some chicken and see how it goes. Thanks for a simple and yummy recipe!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love shrimp scampi - a great dish! I haven't been to Trader Joe's in a while, will have to visit and try this lemon pepper pappardelle pasta - sounds yummy.

Maria said...

Love the healthy pasta recipe!

Maryann said...

It DOES rock, Jennifer! Thanks so much for joining our festa!
btw..You have a beautiful blog here :)
Maryann xox

a woman who is said...

It sounds amazing. The pasta does most of the work for you!

Donna-FFW said...

Whata great way to add flavor to the dish. Ihave never seen this type of pasta before. It looks awesome.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Jennifer, I love Trader Joe's I'll have to pick up that pasta next time. Your dish sounds delicous, and just perfect for our festa!! Thank you so much for joining us.
xox, Marie

The Duo Dishes said...

We love TJ's. We wish we could open a franchise. :) They do have quick and easy dinner fixes...usually very healthy. Great way to pump up pasta.

Reeni♥ said...

I'm sad that I don't live near a Trader Joe's anymore. The pasta sounds so good! A perfect pairing with Shrimp Scampi, yummmmm!!

Shirley said...

I love scampi...had it for dinner last night. But I love the idea of using lemon pepper pasta.

Kevin said...

Shrimp scampi is one of my all time favorites! It looks really good!

Claudia said...

Looks wonderful - love lemon-peppery pasta and love shrimp scampi. Of course it would pair well. Why didn't I think of that?

Jeremy said...

This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My kids would just hug me for this.

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