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Penne with Shrimp, Feta, and Spring VegetablesTwo steps -- boil and toss -- lead to a pasta with varied tastes and textures, from sweet shrimp and fresh mint to creamy feta and crunchy snow peas. Before cooking the penne, double-check the package instructions to help you determine when to add in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces penne rigate (ridged)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 8 ounces snow peas, trimmed and halved on the diagonal
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
servings:4
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook penne 5 minutes less than al dente. Add asparagus; cook 3 minutes. Add shrimp and snow peas; cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.
  2. To pasta mixture, add oil, lemon juice, garlic, and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Gently mix in feta and mint; adjust to desired consistency with some pasta water as needed. Serve immediately.
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Penne with Shrimp, Feta, and Spring Vegetables

Two steps -- boil and toss -- lead to a pasta with varied tastes and textures, from sweet shrimp and fresh mint to creamy feta and crunchy snow peas. Before cooking the penne, double-check the package instructions to help you determine when to add in the rest of the ingredients.
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Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces penne rigate (ridged)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 8 ounces snow peas, trimmed and halved on the diagonal
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

Directions

  1. 1In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook penne 5 minutes less than al dente. Add asparagus; cook 3 minutes. Add shrimp and snow peas; cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.
  2. 2To pasta mixture, add oil, lemon juice, garlic, and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Gently mix in feta and mint; adjust to desired consistency with some pasta water as needed. Serve immediately.

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  • Has become part of the dinner rotation

    star55

    Loved this recipe after I gave it a try over a year ago and I frequently go back to it given the simple ingredients, easy prep, and quick cooking time. I generally keep exactly to the recipe but have substituted chicken for shrimp (by cooking it separately and adding it during step 2 - I'll add chicken broth during cooking so the pasta still absorbs that flavor) when entertaining people who aren't fond of seafood.
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