Perfect it and it could become your "Signature Dish".
- 1 package of pasta. Your choice. Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Penne, they all work!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- 1 pound medium raw shrimp peeled and deveined
- 6 garlic cloves minced, divided
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining. Set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook for approximately 2 minutes on each side shaking the pan occasionally, just until shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Scrape shrimp and all the garlic juices to a bowl.
Once cool enough to handle, you can chop shrimp into bite size pieces or leave whole. I like the bite size pieces because it gives me more mouthfuls of shrimp. But leaving them whole is a beautiful presentation.
In the same skillet (don’t wipe out), melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add remaining 2 minced garlic cloves and saute 30 seconds. Sprinkle in flour and cook while whisking for 1 minute, then turn heat to low. Slowly whisk in chicken broth, heavy cream, and pesto, stirring constantly until smooth. (I combined the broth, cream, and pesto together beforehand so that I could slowly pour it all in at once).
Turn heat to medium-high and bring the sauce to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, approximately 3-5 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and stir in lemon juice followed by Parmesan cheese until melted. Stir in shrimp (and juices) and pasta until well coated in sauce, adding additional reserved pasta water or heavy cream if needed to reach desired consistency. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, or red pepper flakes to taste.
Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, fresh parsley and lemon juice (optional).