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Spaghetti with Shrimp and Bacon

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To double the bites from a modest amount of shrimp, we split them in half lengthwise.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, April 2009

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 8 ounces large peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed and halved horizontally
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.

  2. While pasta is cooking, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

  3. Add shrimp, scallions, and garlic to skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are almost opaque, about 1 minute. Add cup pasta water, and bring just to a boil.

  4. Add shrimp mixture and lemon juice to pasta. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Thin sauce with pasta water as needed. Serve sprinkled with bacon.

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  • jennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    14 AUG, 2012
    This is one of my familys favorites! It's not a 'saucy' pasta, but it's critical that you thin it with the pasta water (not just tap water) to thicken it. It and makes a little shrimp go a long way. I add a pinch of red pepper flakes when I toss it all together and it's delish.
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  • Marboo
    23 MAR, 2012
    I also added white wine. To prevent the pasta from becoming dry, you could pour some extra-virgin olive oil over it and toss.
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  • Misstapher
    30 AUG, 2011
    This had a good flavor, but the pasta totally soaked up all the yummy juices. My fiancee usually loves the things I make- but not this. The next day he confessed he thought it was dry and he was still hungry after the meal. I did add 1/2 cup white wine and a little extra pasta water, but I guess it wasn't enough to keep the noodles "saucey". Bummer! Flavor yes, texture...dry :(
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  • krisx2
    19 AUG, 2011
    This recipe didn't turn out well for me. Dry sauce, no taste. Oh well, can't win them all!
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  • MS10751156
    16 AUG, 2011
    > pmeiros: Doesn't anyone READ anymore??? The recipe says "WHILE PASTA IS COOKING. . . ." OIY!
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  • pmelros
    25 JAN, 2011
    NEVER EVER COOK THE PASTA FIRST I DON'T GET WHY MS KEEPS TELLING US TO COOK IT FIRST
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  • MS12157780
    5 JAN, 2011
    Very good recipe, every easy, very economical and quick. I liked it so much, I will make it to impress guests.
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  • MS12157780
    5 JAN, 2011
    I am laughing myself silly over a comment saying this recipe was too simple. I tried this and loved it. I sometimes change things up a bit, because I don't have what I need, sometimes I just want it to have a different slant.
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  • memorysketch
    7 DEC, 2010
    Really good. I added freshly grated parm cheese and omitted the scallions and lemon juice as I didn't have them on hand. Delicious without, probably phenomenally tasty with! Definitely a do-over with my family.
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  • judyduhl
    21 SEP, 2010
    what is the nutritional description? Won't use until I know.
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