My friend Diane Hubbard told me that she was inspired to make Preserved Lemons http://kolpona.com/2012/03/08/preserved-lemons/ and now she wanted more recipes that used Preserved Lemons besides North African or Middle Eastern dishes. I took that as a challenge and decided that for tonight’s dinner I was going to make a dish with Preserved Lemons and anything else I had on hand in the kitchen, WITHOUT going to the grocery store. It felt like a pasta kind of night. A few minutes after cooking dinner, our friends Tasi and Soloa dropped by.
They ate all the pasta, Banana bread from this morning, Onion Dill bread from yesterday, Double Chocolate Chili cookies and took home some Lentil soup I’d made. I love feeding people who like to eat. Let me tell you, when two big Samoans come over from the gym, they can eat some stuff. So, Diane here’s a recipe inspired by you. Tasi and Soloa seem to think it’s pretty darn good and I think it’s a keeper. By the way, it serves a family of 6 or two hungry Samoans.
Ingredients at a glance.
Saute shrimp in olive oil with a little salt, garlic and ginger. Take it out as soon it barely turns light pink.
In the remaining oil add tablespoon of butter.
Finished pasta dish.
Here’s the recipe:
Lemon Artichoke Shrimp Pasta
1 lb of pasta (Linguine, Spaghetti, Fettucine – I only had Spaghetti on hand so I used that, next time I think I will use Linguine)
8-10 Large Shrimp, cleaned with tail on
3 whole garlic cloves minced
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tomato, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound young Asparagus, trimmed
4 oz jar of marinated Artichoke hearts
1/2 preserved lemon, rinsed and chopped
1 tsp Rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup chopped flat leafed Parsley
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled Feta
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
In a 5 quart stock pot boil water with 5 tablespoons of salt (should be like sea water salty) for the pasta and cook pasta according to package directions.
In a large skillet heat olive oil and saute shrimp, salt, garlic and ginger until the Shrimp turn into a light pink shade, about 1 minute or so. Take Shrimp out of the pan and set aside. In the same oil add tablespoon of butter. Add chopped onion, preserved lemon and tomato along with Rosemary and fresh cracked pepper and saute 2-3 minutes until flavors are released and onions are translucent. Add roughly chopped artichoke hearts and asparagus tips and the tender parts of the stem cut into 1 inch pieces and saute another 2-3 minutes. Add the Shrimp back into the mixture and saute an additional minute or until the Shrimp is cooked through. Toss in Feta Cheese and stir then add the pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parsley and toss to coat. Take off heat and serve immediately.