It's starting to feel more and more like spring outside. I love warm April Days. The sun is shining, the wind is gently blowing and the birds are singing. I could spend all day outside, working in my yard on days like today. (I am denying the fact that thunderstorms are expected to roll in tonight.) Unfortunately, I tend to get caught up in my yard work and dinner doesn't always get the attention that it normally would. I spent a day pulling weeds in my flower beds recently and I lost all track of time. When I finally came inside, I had a brief moment of panic when I realized that time had slipped away from me yet again and I needed to have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes so that my daughter could get to soccer practice. I had planned to make shrimp linguini for dinner and believe it or not, I made this meal in under 30 minutes (with pictures) AND managed to get her to practice on time.
9 ounces linguini
1 Tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces medium peeled shrimp
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 ounces fresh spinach
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.
Heat oil in skillet. Add shrimp and onions.
Add spinach, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Cook 2 minutes. Add reserved pasta water and cook until thickened.
Spoon shrimp onto pasta with a slotted spoon. Pour sauce over dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
Don't be fooled by thinking this is only a good meal to eat when you're in a hurry. This would be a great meal to enjoy even when your family isn't rushing out the door to practice. I love that it came together quickly but I also loved that is was delicious.