Everyday Dorie: Pasta with Shrimp, Squash, Lemon and Lots of Herbs

January 10, 2020 at 8:25 pm | Posted in everyday dorie, groups, pasta, savory things | 7 Comments
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pasta with shrimp, squash, lemon and lots of herbs

Some nights after work I come home and do a throw-together pasta situation for dinner. Not a long-simmered Sunday sauce, but quickly cooked odds and ends from the fridge that will all taste good together mixed up with with some noodles. This Pasta with Shrimp, Squash, Lemon and Lots of Herbs is along those lines. I had to go out and get a zucchini to make it, but I had all the other stuff on hand…some shrimp in the freezer, lemon, herbs and butter in the fridge and cherry tomatoes on the counter. I actually had some homemade pappardelle in the freezer that I was looking to use up, but if I hadn’t, I would have just grabbed a box of dried pasta from the cupboard.

I’m always scheming to save steps and (especially) save cleaning a dish or two. Rather than cooking off the shrimp and zucchini separately as the recipe calls for, I started with the squash and then added the shrimp in with it near the end of cooking, just before finishing the “sauce” (really more of a buttery glaze) with the rest of the ingredients and marrying it with the cooked pasta. This was delicious–fresh and not heavy. It will be great in the summer when the squash, tomatoes and herbs are at their peak but it was a nice, bright winter surprise, too.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.



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  1. I agree with you the process in cooking the dish can be simplified. Less clean up and more time to enjoy. I bet the homemade pappardelle has top billing.

  2. Definitely a nice bright dish for the winter but way too many steps! We were on the same wavelength here!

  3. That homemade pappardelle pasta looks fantastic as does the rest of this recipe. It was very tasty and a nice change from heavy sauces.

  4. I will definitely follow your steps for simplification next time I make this. The lemons added a welcome brightness to lighten up a winter meal. Happy New Year!

  5. Agreed on all counts – using what you have, saving steps and a perfect summer meal , though a lovely change for winter ! You photo is stunning.

  6. I totally agree…thought there were too many dishes/pots for a simple dish. Will streamline that next time and also cut back a bit on the lemon…was a bit much for my family. Yours looks fabulous as usual 🙂

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