Creamy Shrimp Linguine in a Parmesan white wine sauce with fresh spinach and grape tomatoes makes for an impressive yet easy weeknight meal.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound shrimp- peeled, deveined, tails off (thawed if frozen)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dry white wine
1 ½ cups chopped fresh spinach
1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup shredded Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
½ teaspoon salt, adjust to taste (plus 1 tablespoon for pasta water)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 ounces linguine noodles
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Thaw shrimp in a colander under cool running water. Pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Sauté shrimp until just pink on both sides, but not bright white. (Bright white indicates overcooking.) Transfer cooked shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
Add butter to skillet and adjust heat to medium. Add onions and garlic, sautéing until onions are translucent. Sprinkle flour over onions and let flour cook for about a minute, stirring and scraping pan as needed.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Slowly pour white wine into skillet, stirring constantly to combine. Let wine come to a simmer, then gradually pour in cream.
Add spinach and tomatoes, stirring gently to combine. Continue simmering until tomatoes are softened to your liking. (I prefer mine soft but not mushy or falling apart.)
Add Parmesan, salt, pepper, and oregano. Continue stirring and simmering as needed until cheese has melted and sauce has thickened a bit. If too thick, use some pasta water to thin it out.
Return shrimp to the pan and toss to coat.
Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of pasta water if needed to thin sauce.
Add cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and stir to coat.
Keywords: shrimp pasta, white wine sauce, weeknight meal