Shrimp Linguine with Herbs & Corn
Updated: Jul 25
July 12 2020
It's summer and we're all looking for light and simple recipes. I have fallen in love with the flavors of this pasta dish. Shrimp, one of my favorites, gets a quick pan-sear. The corn, also a summer-time necessity, gets a pan-sear, too!! We're adding wine, wilting arugula, and tossing all of this with the pasta. The shrimp get thrown back in, along with lots of fresh mint and herbs, and Voilá! Dinner is served!
There is something about sweet summer corn that makes me very happy! And, I love the combination of shrimp, corn and MINT. Yes, mint! It is so delicious it makes me want to sing! Okay, well, you all would be very sad if I sang, so I won't, but if I could, I would!!!!
It isn't often that you can find a dish that's this pleasing to look at, this tasty and is done in under 30 minutes. Here you go. You're welcome...
Herbs & Corn
Makes: 4-6 servings
Total Time: 30 minutes
12 ounces linguine or spaghetti
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed, if you prefer
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 to 3 ears)
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp red-pepper flakes
1 cup dry white wine
8 ounces baby arugula, spinach or other tender greens
1 cups loosely packed, roughly chopped tender herbs, such as basil and parsley
1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling (optional)
Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions until it is just short of al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain pasta.
While the pasta cooks, season the shrimp well with salt and pepper. Melt half the butter in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and sauté until just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
Add the corn to the pan and season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until browned in spots, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute. Add the wine, bring to a simmer and cook until it is reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to combine. Add the arugula by the handful, stirring well between each addition, until wilted, adding some of the reserved pasta water as needed.
Add the remaining butter and the shrimp to the pasta and toss until the butter is melted and everything is coated with sauce. Add more pasta water as needed.Add half the herbs and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl or serve directly from the skillet. Top with remaining herbs, drizzle with olive oil, if desired, and serve immediately.