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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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