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Shrimp, Crab, Asparagus & Garlic Butter Pasta

There is nothing better than a seafood pasta with lemon, butter, and garlic. The asparagus blends in adding great flavor. This is the perfect meal for a special night and it is sure to impress. This dish is gluten free, but can easily be made with normal pasta if preferred. It can also easily be made dairy free if you simply replace the butter with a dairy free buttery spread.



Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of GF linguine, angle hair, or spaghetti pasta

  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided

  • 1 bunch asparagus chopped into bite sized pieces

  • 1/2 lb raw shrimp

  • 4 tbsp jarred minced garlic

  • 2 tsp old bay seasoning divided

  • 7 tbsp butter (DF buttery spread if DF)

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/2 cup dry wine or broth

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • ~3/4 cups crab meat (optional)

  • Parsley & Parmesan for topping (optional)


Directions:

  1. Start by cooking the pasta according to the directions on the box.

  2. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.

  3. Add asparagus into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until it starts to soften and brown, then remove them from the pan.

  4. Toss the shrimp with the rest of the olive oil, 1 tbsp garlic, and 1 tsp old bay seasoning in a bowl. In the same pan, turn the heat on high and lay the shrimp in the pan in an even layer. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side and remove from the pan. You don't want to overcook the shrimp so cook just until they are pink on both sides.

  5. Turn the heat down to medium and melt the butter with the remaining garlic and old bay seasoning. Stir until it becomes fragrant.

  6. Add the lemon juice and wine, mix, and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the wine reduces by one half.

  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir.

  8. When draining the pasta, make sure to save about 1/3 cup of pasta water.

  9. Mix the pasta and pasta water in with the sauce until all of the pasta is coated. Mix in the crab, shrimp, asparagus and allow to heat through for a couple minutes.

  10. Remove from the heat and serve hot! Top with Parmesan and parsley if you would like and enjoy!

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