Lemon Basil Shrimp and Pasta Recipe

The round, often pointed leaves of the basil plant looks a lot like peppermint to which it is related. Its highly fragrant leaves are used as a seasoning herb for a variety of foods but has become ever popular as the main ingredient in pesto, the mixture of basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.

Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts water
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Procedure:

  1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
  2. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp to pan; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done and pasta is al dente.
  4. Drain. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl.
  5. Stir in basil and next 4 ingredients (through salt).
  6. Place 1/2 cup spinach on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture.
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