Mafaldine with Shrimp and Lemon

Mafaldine with Shrimp and Lemon
Photo: Johnny Miller
Prep Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins

Mafaldine are flat noodles with ruffled edges that are a stunning shape to use in this bright, lemony scampi-inspired pasta recipe. It's a labor of love to make, but feeds six making it the ultimate dinner party recipe.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, heads and shells removed and reserved

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • ½ cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

  • Coarse salt

  • 1 pound mafaldine

  • 1 lemon, ½ thinly sliced crosswise and seeds removed

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving

  • ¼ cup creme fraiche


  1. Slice each shrimp in half lengthwise; refrigerate.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saute pan over medium. Add shrimp heads and shells and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until shells are pink and opaque, about 2 minutes. Pour in 1/4 cup wine and cook, stirring, until reduced, about 1 minute. Add 4 cups water, bring to a boil, and simmer 30 minutes. Strain shrimp stock through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. (You should have about 2 1/4 cups.)

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Cook pasta 2 minutes less than instructed on package, adding lemon slices during last 5 minutes. Drain.

  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan over medium. Add shallot and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until shallot is translucent, about 1 minute. Season shrimp with salt; add to pan in a single layer. Cook until light pink on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn; cook 1 minute more.

  5. Pour in remaining 1/4 cup wine and cook, stirring, until reduced. Pour in shrimp stock and simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in creme fraiche until combined.

  6. Add pasta and lemon slices and stir to coat pasta with sauce. Remove from heat; squeeze remaining lemon half over top. Serve immediately, sprinkled with pepper flakes.

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