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Shrimp Linguine with Garlic and Saffron Cream

Teri & Jenny
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings 4
Calories 700 kcal


  • 1 pound Barilla Linguine (1 box)
  • 3 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails intact
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 small pinch saffron threads, 8 to 10 threads
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to top off
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • fresh basil leaves, garnish


  • Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat. Bring water to a boil and add a small handful of salt.
  • Add linguine and bring back up to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Boil linguine until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to a strainer and drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Set linguine and pasta water aside until ready to use.
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter and oil into a large skillet and place over medium-high heat.
  • Season shrimp generously with salt and pepper and sauté in the skillet, in batches, for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
  • Lower heat to medium and melt remaining butter in skillet.
  • Add shallots and garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt.
  • Deglaze the pan with wine and cook until almost fully evaporated, about 4 minutes.
  • Add reserved pasta water and saffron threads and simmer until liquid has reduced by half.
  • Stir milk into saffron mixture and simmer. Stir Parmesan into sauce and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Add shrimp back into the skillet and simmer in sauce for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add linguine, to skillet and toss together with shrimp and garlic-saffron cream.
  • Top pasta with more grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves. Serve.


Calories: 700kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 28gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 491mgPotassium: 397mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 491IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 297mgIron: 2mg
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