Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Parmesan Lemon Cream Sauce

Angel hair pasta, also called capellini, served with shrimp and a lemon cream sauce with herbs and parmesan.

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp Parmesan Lemon Cream Sauce
Elise Bauer

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Some recipes are just so good I can't wait to share them with you, and this is one of them!

It's simple. Just peeled shrimp, cooked just through in a sauce of cream and lemon juice, and tossed with herbs, angel hair pasta, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

My father was over when we were making it and kept looking up from his bowl saying, "oh, this is a good one." I've been poking into the fridge all afternoon sneaking more tastes from the leftovers, a small bowl of just a couple bites reheated in the microwave.

For those of you tempted to leave out the cream, yes, you can do that if you want. But be warned, I've tried it without the cream and in my opinion, it's not nearly as good.

Personally I would just eat a smaller portion. Because of the cream it's more filling and you don't need as much pasta for a serving.

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Parmesan Lemon Cream Sauce

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

We used medium shrimp (41-50 per pound) for this recipe, but little cocktail shrimp would also work. Use heavy whipping cream to avoid curdling when mixed and heated with the lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 pound angel hair pasta (also called capellini)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound raw medium shrimp, peeled and deveined*
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup (loosely packed) chopped chives
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • *To defrost frozen shrimp, place them in a bowl of cold water.

Method

  1. Heat salted water for pasta:

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts water)

  2. Simmer cream, stock, lemon juice:

    In a smaller pot, heat the cream, chicken stock and lemon juice to a low simmer. Simmer gently for 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add the angel hair pasta to the boiling water
  4. Add the shrimp to the simmering lemon cream sauce:

    Stir well and add a pinch of salt and black pepper. The shrimp should cook in about the same time as the angel hair pasta, about 3 to 4 minutes.

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    Halfway through the cooking, stir in the parsley and chives.

  5. Drain pasta, combine with shrimp, sauce, zest, Parmesan:

    When the pasta is done, drain and put it in a large bowl. Stir in the shrimp and lemon cream sauce, the lemon zest, and most of the Parmesan.

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    Divide into servings, and top with the remaining parmesan.

    Note, if the resulting mixture seems too dry, just add a little water or cream. If it seems too wet, don't worry, the pasta will absorb the sauce.

Links:

Shrimp Scampi here on Simply Recipes

Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta here on Simply Recipes

Shrimp and Pasta with Tomato-Chile Cream Sauce - from Farmgirl's Dabbles

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp Parmesan Lemon Cream Sauce
Elise Bauer