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Spaghetti Squash Pasta with Shrimp

Yield: 4 entrée servings

  • Half of a spaghetti squash (cook both halves, reserve one for another dish)
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp

For the shrimp broth

  • The shrimp shells
  • Water to cover shells by ½ inch
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Stems from 2-3 sprigs fresh parsley (reserve leaves)

For the shrimp

  • 2 Tbs.  extra-virgin olive oil
  • The peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (or more to taste if you love garlic)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • The reserved shrimp broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Halve the squash lengthwise, scoop the seeds and membranes, and place flesh-down in a pan with ¾ inch water. Cover, steam until tender. Set aside to cool. Peel and devein the shrimp; reserve the shells and refrigerate the shrimp.

Place the shrimp shells in a small pot. Add remaining broth ingredients to the shells. Bring to a boil, reduce flame to medium and cook, uncovered, until reduced to about one-half cup, about 20 minutes. Strain broth and discard solids.

Use a fork to scrape the strands from one half squash. Set aside by the stove. Ten minutes before eating, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook until lightly golden on all sides, 1-2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl. Add the garlic and pepper flakes to the skillet and cook, stirring, until garlic begins to color, less than 1 minute. Add the wine, and cook over high heat for a couple of minutes until reduced by half; add the broth and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook, stirring, until reduced by half, 6 to 7 minutes. Return the shrimp to the skillet and add the butter, parsley and basil, and as much of the squash threads as you want. Cook, stirring, until heated through. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately.