Shrimp on Fettuccine topped with Asaparagus Cream Sauce

  • 1 pound asparagus tips
  • 1 pound dry fettuccine
  • Salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons plus some for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced  
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (14 ounces) 
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, (eyeball it)
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Handful parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp
Serves 4


Bring 1-inch of water to a boil in a large skillet as well as a large pot of water, for pasta. When the water in the skillet comes up to a boil, add salt and asparagus and blanch for 2 minutes, drain and reserve. When the pasta water comes up to a boil, salt it and cook fettuccine to al dente.

While the pasta water comes up to a boil, in the pan which you blanched the asparagus in, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, over medium heat then add garlic and shallot and saute 4-5 minutes. Deglaze with wine, reduce 30 seconds then add stock, tomatoes and a pinch of saffron or an envelope of saffron powder. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cream then season sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
While sauce cooks, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add butter, melt then add the bread crumbs and toast them. Add salt and pepper, lemon zest and parsley, remove and reserve. Wipe pan clean and return the skillet to medium-high heat and pre-heat until very hot. Drizzle shrimp with olive oil and cook until pink.

Chop asparagus into 1-inch pieces on an angle and add to sauce. Drain pasta and toss with asparagus and sauce. Serve pasta with shrimp and top each plate with the breadcrumbs.
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