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.
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!