Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta is actually a Mediterranean cuisine-food from the cultures adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. Although this region spans a wide variety of cultures, the historical connections of the region have led to there being many common elements in the foods. These are dishes which are eventually known to be nutritious as it was termed to preach other people to eat healthy in as to people near Mediterranean sea are healthy.
A hallmark of Mediterranean dishes is that they derive deep flavor from simple ingredients prepared simply. This dish is a great example: You cook the shrimp in the water with the pasta, then add herby basil, briny capers, rich olive oil, and bright lemon juice, no further cooking required. It will actually take you less than twenty minutes to cook. Serve on a bed of spinach or alongside broccoli, asparagus, green beans, or any other green vegetable for garnish or to increase the nutritional content of the meal.
What you’ll need
- 3 quarts water
- 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons drained capers
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or just enough for your taste)
- 2 cups baby spinach
How to do
- Bring around 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
- Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes or as indicated on the pasta’s required time to be cook and become firm.
- Add shrimp to pan and cook it for 3 minutes or until shrimp are done and pasta is al dente. Drain immediately to prevent pasta from further cooking due to the heat brought by the water.
- Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Stir in basil and next 4 ingredients (through salt).
- Place 1/2 cup spinach on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture.
This is very good to serve as lunch or dinner. If you aim to make it healthier, you can use whole wheat pasta. Normal pastas are made up of flour which are high in glycemic index and is not good for people high in blood sugar levels. Shrimps are rich in protein and are safe from bad cholesterol. The herbs, vegetables and spices are rich with different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are definitely good for you. Just make sure to avoid too much salt. This meal is very easy to do and will enable you to experience Mediterranean at your home. Despite the busy schedule you may have right now, have time to treat yourself or your family by cooking meals that are fast and easy to do while most importantly healthy.
Choosing what you eat can really define your life in the future so choose smart. It doesn’t really have to be laborious to eat healthy every day. Keep in mind that food at its freshest condition is at its best in terms of nutrients. As different instant food may be available now in the market, I strongly insist you make time to prepare the food you eat because it would be the safest.