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Leeky Linguine with Shrimp

Leeks are a newer food for me. I challenged myself last year to start cooking with this unknown-to me root vegetable, and I’m so glad I did. I’m not a leek lover (don’t tell my husband)! I was intrigued when I saw this pasta, but was pretty much convinced that my husband would not like it. I gave it a try anyway’s and had leftovers as back up in the fridge in case he didn’t like dinner.  I was surprised when he started devouring his bowl of pasta! My husband is not a big fan of onions and leeks are part of the onion family although much milder in taste. He’s also not a fan of pasta’s with “little to none” sauce. So when he complimented the pasta and praised how good it was I knew it was a successful recipe! 

I must add in here if you’ve never worked with leeks they require a lot of prep work prior to cooking. Because they are a root vegetable they are on the grittier side. This means that you will want to soak them in a bowl of cold water so that the soil that is in between each layer can fall to the bottom of the bowl. Then you’ll want to take a damp paper towel and wipe through (just about) every layer of leek ensuring that the dirt and sand has been removed. A little labor of love, but well worth it!

Source: Rachael Ray, April 2008
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and black pepper
1 lb linguine
4 leeks, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons EVOO, the lemon peel, garlic and crushed red pepper; season with salt and black pepper.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes. 

3. While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, season with salt and black pepper and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Push the leeks to the side of the pan, add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until pink and firm. Pour in the wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 

4. Add the pasta to the skillet; season with salt and black pepper. Add the parsley and toss.


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4 Responses to “Leeky Linguine with Shrimp”

  1. Kirsten posted on September 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm (#)

    Sounds great! I'm your newest follower from the Something Swanky Blog Hop!

  2. Amy @ A Little Nosh posted on October 2, 2011 at 11:33 am (#)

    I've never used leeks before but this sounds like a perfect starter recipe!

    I'm a new follower from the Something Swanky Blog Hop. Would love a follow back!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  3. ryobious posted on October 3, 2011 at 4:44 am (#)

    Ohh this recipe looks so good! Found you from the Something Swanky Blog Hop. I'm your newest follower.

  4. kokocooks posted on October 5, 2011 at 12:22 am (#)

    LOVE that first picture! I also love pasta and leeks, so this dish is right up my alley.

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