Pasta is the love of my foodie life. If I am looking for comfort, I always go with pasta. It is probably the thing I crave most, and we eat pasta for dinner at least once a week.

So I was happy to make this week’s Craving Ellie pick, chosen by Farah of Confessions of a Novice Baker, Linguini with Shrimp & Vegetables.

I have actually made this recipe before as written and with variations. I usually like to melt a few anchovies into the olive oil, add some fresh thyme, and I cook the tomatoes longer than Ellie calls for. This time though, I added some chanterelle mushrooms because we got them for a steal at Costco over the weekend, and I added some fresh capers that our friend Dianna brought us back from Italy. We are generally not caper people, but these were so briney and delicious. I think Dianna described them as a very capery caper. Thanks Dianna!

Yay for Chanterelle mushrooms!

Yum!

Here is my recipe as I made it this time. It was great! You end up with a really light but flavorful sauce bulked up with lots of yummy veggies and shrimp. And of course something like this is forever adaptable to what you like and what you have on hand.

Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables
Adapted by Sara at imafoodblog.com from Ellie Krieger
The Food You Crave, page 160-161
Serves 4

  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces Chanterelle or any other mushroom
  • 1 bunch asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmigianno-Reggiano cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add the mushrooms and saute until all the water has cooked out and evaporated.
  4. Add the asparagus and cherry tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes begin to break down.
  5. Add the capers, lemon juice, white wine, and the reserved cup pasta water (as needed) to the skillet. Let simmer until the liquid is reduced by about half.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they turn pink. Stir in the parsley and then add the pasta to the pan and mix. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add a healthy dousing of Parm. cheese to each plate.