After coming across a couple different recipes in Gourmet and on Ellie Krieger’s show featuring baked shrimp, orzo and feta, I was thinking of ways to combine the recipes and make the dish. But, then I saw Peter’s post for Greco Shrimp Linguini and I was tempted to make that (quite similar) dish, instead.
As you know, I cannot follow a recipe to save my life, so I adapted the recipe and the method a bit. I used basil in place of parsley, kalamata olives in place of throumpes and I also lightened the dish a little (but, you know me, I increased the amount of cheese…). This made for a delicious and quite healthy dish. Thanks, Peter!
4 oz. thin spaghetti or linguini (I used whole wheat)
1 Tbsp. extra virginn olive oil, divided
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
1 cloves garlic, whole
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 small to medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
a drizzle or two of balsamic vinegar
8-10 black olives (I used kalamata), pitted and chopped
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2-3 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. On a baking pan, toss the tomatoes and one whole clove of garlic with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, and dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes have burst slightly.
Meanwhile, cook your linguini in boiling salted water until al dente and prepare the rest of the dish. In a skillet, add the remaining 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil. When shimmering, add the zucchini and minced garlic and saute until the garlic is fragrant, about a minute. Add the shrimp and olives and cook until the zucchini becomes tender and the shrimp is about halfway done. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and tomatoes (and their juices, pitch the whole garlic clove) and toss to coat everything. Turn off the burner.
Add the hot linguini, basil and feta into the pan. Toss to coat everything and finish cooking the shrimp (the residual heat from the pan as well as the linguini will be enough to do this). Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired, and season to taste.
Nutritional Info (without drizzling additional olive oil at the end): Calories: 468 / Fat: 16.3g / Carbs: 53.2 / Fiber: 9g / Protein: 27.2g