Shrimp and Pasta Stew
Shrimp and Pasta Stew Erin McDowell

The word stew always seems tedious, doesn’t it? In fact, we bet you’re already thinking about a long-simmering dish that will require a separate trip to the market and take you half a day to make. But that’s hardly the case when the two main ingredients are shrimp and pasta, both of which absorb tons of flavor and cook super quickly. This recipe comes together in just about 30 minutes on the stove, and the addition of bright tomato, parsley and lemon make it an easy and hearty wintertime staple.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Start to Finish: 45 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups peeled pearl onions (frozen is fine)

3 celery stalks, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup white wine

1 tablespoon hot paprika

Pinch cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons lemon zest

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

4 cups seafood or vegetable broth

2½ cups pasta (see Finishing Touches)

1½ pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 cups roughly chopped kale

Lemon zest, for garnish

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

1. In a large pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and sauté until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.

2. Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with paprika, cayenne pepper, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Simmer until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.

3. Add the tomatoes and broth and return to a simmer. Stir in the pasta and cook until it just starts to become tender, 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the shrimp and kale and continue to simmer over very low heat until the pasta is tender, the shrimp are cooked through and the kale is wilted, 4 to 5 minutes.

4. To serve, ladle the stew into bowls and garnish generously with lemon zest and parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • This stew can also be made using precooked or leftover shrimp. Just be sure to add the shrimp right at the end so they don’t overcook.

  • You can use any type of pasta, but large shapes work especially well in this recipe. We used mezzi rigatoni, but large shells, farfalle or campanelle are all good choices.

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