Pasta Salsa Verde with Shrimp

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom

  • Yield:

    4 Servings

  • Cuisine:

    Italian

  • Course:

    Entrée

Ingredients

For the Salsa Verde:

3/4 cup parsley leaves
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 oil-packed anchovy fillets
1 small garlic clove
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon drained capers
3 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Pasta:

8 ounces bellflower shaped pasta, Campanelle
1 pound large shrimp, 21-25 per pound, peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, seperated
1 small red onion, sliced
1/2 medium fennel bulb, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
4 ounces sugar snap peas

Directions

  1. Combine the parsley, basil, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice, capers, walnuts, olive oil, and salt in a blender; puree.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions; drain.
  3. Season the shrimp with the salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add half the shrimp and cook until lightly browned and opaque in the center, about 1 1/2-2 minutes per side. Transfer shrimp to a plate and repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining shrimp.
  4. Add the last tablespoon of the oil to the skillet, stir in the onion and cook until just starting to soften, 1-2 minutes. Add the fennel and bell peppers and cook until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the snap peas and cook until bright green, 1 minute. Add the pasta and cook, tossing, until hot, 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the shrimp and salsa verde. Toss well and serve warm or at room temperature.