Garlicky Shrimp Pasta

Published November 1, 2008. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

To get everything we wanted in a shrimp and pasta recipe—al dente pasta and moist shrimp bound by a supple sauce infused with a deep garlic flavor—we cut the shrimp in thirds before marinating them in minced garlic. Then we cooked whole garlic cloves in our cooking oil, infusing it with garlic… read more

To get everything we wanted in a shrimp and pasta recipe—al dente pasta and moist shrimp bound by a supple sauce infused with a deep garlic flavor—we cut the shrimp in thirds before marinating them in minced garlic. Then we cooked whole garlic cloves in our cooking oil, infusing it with garlic flavor, before adding the shrimp to the pan. To deglaze the pan, we liked the clean flavor of vermouth; bottled clam broth added complexity to the sauce. To get the sauce for our shrimp and pasta recipe to cling to the pasta, we simply stirred flour into the oil as a thickener just before adding the liquid and tossed in some cold butter to finish.

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Serves 4

Marinate the shrimp while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

Ingredients

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