Spanish-Style Toasted Pasta with Shrimp

Main Course

Recipe courtesy o fAmerica's Test Kitchen

Serves 4

  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ pounds extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined, heads and shells reserved
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces vermicelli pasta or thin spaghetti, broken into 1-to 2-inch lengths
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained and chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Lemon wedges


Spanish-Style Toasted Pasta with Shrimp

Spanish-Style Toasted Pasta with Shrimp

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Combine 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon garlic,¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/s teaspoon pepper in medium bowl. Add shrimp, toss to coat, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Place reserved shrimp shells, water, broth, and bay leaf in medium bowl. Cover and microwave until liquid is hot and shells have turned pink, about 6 minutes. Set aside.

Toss pasta with 2 teaspoons of oil in a broiler-proof 12-inch skillet until evenly coated. Toast pasta over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned and nutty in aroma (pasta should be color of peanut butter), 6 to 10 minutes. Transfer pasta to bowl. Wipe out skillet.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in now-empty skillet medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until softened and beginning to brown around edges, 4 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasion­ally, until mixture is thick, dry, and slightly darkened in color, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add remaining garlic, paprika. smoked paprika, and anchovy paste, and cook until fragrant, about 1½ minutes. Stir in pasta until combined. Adjust oven rack 5 to 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler.

Pour shrimp broth through fine-mesh strainer into skillet, discard shells. Add wine, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and stir well. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly thickened and pasta is just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Scatter shrimp over pasta and stir to partially submerge. Transfer skillet to oven and broil until shrimp are opaque and surface of pasta is dry with crisped, browned spots, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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