What are your favorite things? Traditionally, the answers have gone something like “raindrops on roses” and “whiskers on kittens,” but you can't eat those. Two of our favorite things: garlic on bread and shrimp on pasta. We're combining those here, coating the shrimp with cheese and garlic and frying them to perfection. These golden garlic crustaceans top a pasta with cream, wine, and spinach. This meal has so much going for it, you'll be running through the hills with joy.
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Cook the Pasta
Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, 10-12 minutes.
Reserve ½ cup pasta water. Drain pasta in a colander and set aside.
Wipe pot clean and reserve.
While pasta cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Core tomato and cut into ¼" dice.
Coarsely chop spinach.
Keep croutons in bag and coarsely crush.
Pat shrimp dry.
In a mixing bowl, combine 1 Tbsp. Parmesan (reserve remaining for sauce) and half the garlic (reserve remaining for spinach). Set aside.
Cook the Spinach and Tomato
Line a plate with a paper towel.
Return pot used to cook pasta to medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add spinach, tomato, remaining garlic, and ¼ tsp. salt to hot pan. Stir occasionally until spinach is wilted and garlic is aromatic, 1-2 minutes.
Transfer to towel-lined plate. Reserve pot, no need to wipe clean.
Make the Sauce
Return pot used to cook spinach to medium-high heat. Add white wine and stir occasionally until mostly evaporated, 1-2 minutes.
Add cream and reserved pasta water. Stir occasionally until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, 4-6 minutes.
Stir in remaining Parmesan and ¼ tsp. salt.
Remove from burner and toss pasta and spinach-tomato mixture in sauce to coat. If sauce is too thick, add warm water 1 Tbsp. at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Cook the Shrimp
In another mixing bowl, toss shrimp and cornstarch to combine.
Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add shrimp to hot pan and flip occasionally until golden brown and shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 2-3 minutes.
Add Parmesan-garlic mixture and toss to coat thoroughly. Stir until cheese is golden, 1 minute.
Remove from burner.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with crushed croutons. Bon appétit!