ROCKET AND TARRAGON SHRIMP

•This is a very quick cooking one pot pasta dish packed full of flavor.  Shrimp cooked in a fresh tomato sauce with peppery arugula and lemony tarragon.  If you have never tried tarragon before, it’s an herb that has a subtle licorice flavor.  Tarragon is also perfect with chicken and goes great with citrus.  Rocket (fancy name for arugula) is a hearty green that stands up to strong vinaigrettes and a great addition to sandwiches.  This sauce can also be served over brown rice or made with a gluten free pasta.

 
Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com
 
Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com
 
 
 
1/2 lb raw shrimp-peeled and deveined (I used frozen)
1/2 lb linguini or spaghetti
1 large shallot-sliced
1 large garlic clove-minced
pinch of red peppers flakes-as much or little as you like
4 roma tomatoes-chopped
1 cup arugula-roughly chopped
1 tbls chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 tsp kosher salt-plus a pinch for shrimp
1/2 tsp black pepper-plus a pinch for shrimp
2 tbls olive oil
lemon zest and parmesan cheese for garnish
 
serves 2
prep and cooking time- 30 min

 

Cook pasta according to package directions in well salted boiling water, go short 2 min so it’s just under al dente.  Reserve 1 cup of the cooking pasta water.  Drain pasta and set aside.  You can also serve over brown rice to make it gluten free.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

In the same pot, add olive oil, shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes.  Sauté over med high heat for a couple of min until the shallot is translucent and garlic is fragrant.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Add in the chopped tomatoes and the salt and pepper.  

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Cook on med high for about 7 min until the tomatoes break down.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Add the shrimp, with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook only a min, just until they start turning pink.  The shrimp will continue to cook, don’t over cook in this step.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Pour in a little of the pasta water to deglaze the pan, just a splash.  Scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Add enough water to make the sauce the thickness you like.  I used 3/4 cup total.  Bring to a simmer.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Sprinkle in the tarragon

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

and arugula, stir.  Turn off heat.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Toss in the pasta and let sit in the hot sauce until cooked through, should be just a min.

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

Serve with a little fresh lemon zest and shaved parmesan cheese♥Enjoy

Rocket and Tarragon Shrimp SmittenFoodie.com

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