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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Meyer Lemon Penne with Shrimp and Basil

The Meyer lemon is a citrus fruit, originating from China. The fruit is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. The flavor is not as tart as a true lemon and its a wonderful compliment for this dish. You can substitute true lemon as well in this dish.

2/3 c good quality olive oil
2/3 c grated Parmesan
1/2 c fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
1/3 c chopped fresh basil leaves
1 lb whole wheat penne
1lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm, about 10 minutes.

In a fry pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and add shrimp, in a single layer, cooking until just pink, about 3-5 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan, and lemon juice in a large bowl to blend. Drain the penne, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the penne with the lemon sauce, and the reserved cooking liquid, adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil.


Daziano said...

Pasta and lemon is such a good combination!

Peter M said...

On summer days, pastas with shrimp, zrst and a little chili flakes are a fine, lite meal.

Pass the Pinot Grigio please.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Meghan, your shrimp dish looks so good! I wish I could find meyer lemons easier here. They're hard to find in Chicagoland. Hope all is well with you and your family.

K8teebug said...

Welcome back! I never knew Meyer lemons were different! This looks yummmmmmmy.

jj said...

News to me about those Meyer lemons, too, thanks! The dish looks great.

Dana McCauley said...

Great info about the difference between meyer lemons and regular lemons.

This recipe sounds de-lish. I think I might add sliced kalamata or gaeta olives, too if I were to make it.

Meri said...

YAY, you're back:)
Looks yummy, where did you find Meyer lemons? I love them.

Meghan said...

Where else? Trader Joes!

However due to famiy issues, this was made in February, when Meyer Lemons come in from the south.

Meri said...

aw, too bad, i'll have to keep my eye out. I did buy a bag of key limes there last week and finally juiced them to make a low fat key lime pie. Would you believe i only squeaked out a measly 1/2 cup of juice from the entire bag! I'll stick to Nellie and Joes next time;).

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Cynthia said...

Meghan, so sorry to hear that your mom is not well. How is she doing now?

I love shrimp, I love pasta and I love lemon so I love your dish! :)