419 – Shrimp Tagliatelle Saffron Cream / تالياتيلي بالجمبري كريم الزعفران
- 200 grams (7 oz) fresh shrimp + 4 large shrimp whole
- 300 grams (10.5 oz) Tagliatelle
- Handful of white mushrooms
- 3 shallots
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Large pinch of saffron threads
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- heavy cream
- Decoration: chopped fresh cilantro + grated Parmesan
Step 1 – Preparing the Ingredients
1- First, let’s clean the shrimp. Cut the heads. Squeeze the bottom of the shrimp and gently press to remove the tail. Peel the rest of the shell.
Lay the shrimp down and run your paring knife along the back. Do not cut too deep.
Pull out the thing gray vein.
And here you have clean shrimp!
Don’t forget to keep 4 shrimp whole for decoration.
2- Thinly slice the shallots.
3- Grate the garlic cloves.
4- Remove mushroom stems and thinly slice the mushroom caps
Step 2 – Making the Sauce
1- Drizzle olive oil in a large pan and heat for a minute. Fry-pan the whole shrimp from both sides until they change color and become pink.
2- Once done, remove the shrimp from the pan and keep on the side for later.
3- Now, add the peeled shrimp to the same pan, a pinch of salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice… cook on medium heat for a few minutes until the shrimp become pink.
4- Once done, remove the shrimp from the pan and keep on the side for later.
5- Drizzle a bit more olive oil on the same pan.
Add the shallots, garlic, a little bit of salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 1 minute before adding the sliced mushrooms. Add a bit of water and cook on medium heat until the mushrooms become soft.
6- Now add the cream, a pinch of ground turmeric, and saffron…
7- Mix and cook for a few minutes. Taste your cream sauce to adjust salt and pepper accordingly.
8- Mix in the peeled shrimp to the sauce… hmmmmm
Step 3 – Preparing the Pasta
1- In a large pot, pour water and a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boiling point then add the tagliatelle. Follow the cooking instructions on your pasta package. Usually it takes 10-12 minutes to cook tagliatelle.
2- Once done, remove the tagliatelle from the water and add them to the cream sauce. If you want a thicker sauce, you can add a bit of pasta water… the starch in the water will act as a glue!
3- Plate your pasta and top with chopped cilantro, freshly grated parmesan, and whole shrimp!