Asparagus & Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

This is a quick, healthy, and flavorful dish. I had most of the herbs still growing in my garden and just had a taste for some shrimp and asparagus. We both enjoyed this easy dish. This recipe serves two people and is ready in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup tomato or halfed cherry tomato
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon wedges

Directions

  1. Prep all vegetables and herbs as this will cook very quickly once started.
  2. Put pasta water on the stove to begin heating and put the oven on Bake 400 degrees.
  3. In small mixing bowl toss shrimp, 2 cloves garlic and 1 tbls oil, pepper flakes, and salt. Set aside while pasta water is heating and oven is heating to 400 degrees.
  4. Once oven temp is reached, put the shrimp in a baking dish. Cook for approx. 8 mins.
  5. Determine cooking time of the pasta (ours takes 3 mins. so we drop our pasta into the boiling water after the shrimp as cooked for 6 mins.)
  6. While the shrimp is cooking, stir-fry the vegetables in 1 tbls oil until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add wine and seasonings.
  7. Drop pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain pasta.
  8. Add wine and seasonings to the vegetable mixture, add shrimp to the mixture (including the extra juices), add the pasta and toss all gently. Cook and stir until heated, 1-2 mins.
  9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve with lemon wedges.

Note: Optional cooking method for shrimp. The shrimp can be stir-fried in olive oil instead of cooking in the oven. I prefer the baked flavor over the stir-fry and it can cook while I am working on the vegetables.

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