I’ve never made fresh pasta but with my ignited excitement for cooking…I knew it was time! I made fresh pasta for the first time & the hubby was quite impressed! I’ve had fresh pasta before so I knew it was light, somewhat delicate, & honestly just tastes different than those you find in stores. So what to pair it with? Roasted broccoli & shrimp is a classic combo for us & with such light pasta I thought a butter sauce would be a good starting point since I didn’t know how it would hold up with heavier sauce. Keep reading for the easy recipe!
Pasta with Shrimp, Broccoli, & Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce
original recipe from Home in High Heels
1 pound fresh pasta (this is fettuccine)
2 cups fresh or thawed chopped broccoli
20 medium shrimp ( that’s 5 per plate)
1/2 cup butter (or to taste. You can also sub in 1 to 1 cream for a cream based sauce)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 fresh cloves garlic chopped or 2 teaspoons paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Additional salt & pepper if needed.
Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon zest, additional Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Start a pot of water for the pasta.
2. Toss broccoli & shrimp with olive oil & lemon pepper. Roast until bright in color, tender, & slightly charred. Shrimp should be cooked through.
3. Over medium heat in a saucepan, melt butter & cook garlic until softened & fragrant. If using lemon zest add it now.
4. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, & cream if using. Heat through & remove from burner.
5. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente.
6. While your pasta is cooking reheat sauce & add in lemon juice & half the Parmesan cheese.
7. Drain pasta. Toss with broccoli, shrimp, & top with sauce. Add fresh herbs if you choose. I like parsley & basil especially. Lemon thyme is also excellent in this dish.
8. Top with remaining Parmesan.
Recipe serves 4. Halve for 2 servings easily. Serve with a light salad.
Very simple but also very tasty! If you don’t like shrimp you can easily sub in extra veggies, chicken, or double the broccoli. If you try it or if you have a recipe that is similar I’d love to see it!