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I had so much fun going through your suggestions for recipes with leeks. And I can guarantee that leeks are going to start making a showing at my dinner table more often!! And although all of the suggestions sounded delicious, this one, suggested by Carla at Four Foodies, really stood out to me for several reasons. First, because just like my cookbooks, I’m trying to use my food magazines more. And I just happened to have a copy of the magazine with this recipe right in front of me! Second, I had all of the ingredients on hand, which is always a plus. And third, this recipe took me just a little bit out of my comfort zone. Yes, it’s just shrimp and pasta, but we are a sauce loving family – especially my husband. The pasta dishes in our house are usually all about the sauce. And this is not a “saucy” pasta.

But do you know what? Sauce or not, I would eat this dish on a regular basis. My husband still added extra sauce to his (without even trying it without anything added – some people are afraid to step outside their comfort zones!!) But I really liked it. And it didn’t feel as heavy as many pasta dishes do.

So if you find yourself with some excess leeks that you don’t know how to use, try this out – or one of the other great suggestions that people posted!

Leeky Linguine with Shrimp
from Every Day with Rachael Ray April 2008

Makes 4 (large) portions

1 lb. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Pinch of kosher salt
Black pepper to taste
1 lb. fresh linguine*
4 leeks — trimmed, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise and washed
1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

In a bowl, toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons EVOO, lemon peel, garlic and crushed red pepper; season with salt and black pepper.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.

While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Push the leeks to the side of the pan, add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until pink and firm. Pour in the wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add the pasta to the skillet; season with additional pepper if desired. Add the parsley and toss.

*Fresh linguine is impossible to find here, so I used dried and it worked just fine!!

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30 Responses to Leeky Linguine with Shrimp

  1. Melanie says:

    I’ll admit, I’ve never cooked with leeks before this recipe might convince me to. It looks fabulous!

  2. Happy cook says:

    Wow will try once, they looks so delicious

  3. Paula says:

    The name of this recipe caught my attention and made me smile. I love plays on words, and was thinking “leaky” when I read it! Your photo of this dish looks so delicious. Now I’m craving shrimp and pasta!

  4. Meeta says:

    Leeks & Shrimps? Now that is a great combination i still need to try. That’s why I love coming here! Nice one Deborah!

  5. Ann says:

    Great name! And your pasta dish looks really tasty!

  6. Steph says:

    I need to buy some leeks! I’ve never tried them before but I bet I’d love them. I’ve been trying to use my cooking magazines more as well too. I spend so much money on them, they may as well be used, right?

  7. Aggie says:

    I made this recipe shortly after I saw it in the magazine…it was delicious! It was my first time cooking with leeks, I’ll definately make it again!

  8. Mary says:

    This pasta looks really good. My husband is a big fan of shrimp so I’m sure he’d be thrilled if I made it!

  9. Katie B. says:

    Looks very yummy! I was thinking about you recently as I grocery shopped… I passed the display of leeks and wondered what you’d be making next! 🙂

  10. Jeena says:

    I love leeks, this looks wonderful.

  11. noble pig says:

    The name made me laugh so hard, I repeated it five or six times! Love it, it looks so yummy!

  12. glamah16 says:

    I’m just catching up with you. I love leeks. And its the only veg CS loves to. They are so versatile.

  13. Jenny says:

    Another great looking leek recipe. I’m heading to my farmer’s market this week, now I’m motivated to get some leeks!

  14. nicole says:

    I’ve never worked with leeks either and this recipe just might get me to try them.Looks yummy!

  15. Cynthia says:

    I love the dish but I love the name you gave it even more: leeky linguine 🙂

  16. Peabody says:

    Leeky looks yummy. 🙂

  17. Lore says:

    Pastaaa! Taste buds on your marks, get set, GO!
    I love linguine and never mind there’s no sauce. I believe the best thing in a pasta dish is not the sauce but the pasta itself.
    And with leeks and shrimp I couldn’t ask for more!

  18. Grace says:

    the ray-ster strikes again! i’m not very familiar with leeks, so count me in as someone looking forward to seeing what else you come up with! and i hope all the recipes have equally amusing names. leeky linguine…ha.

  19. syrie says:

    Looks fabulous. I could almost eat it for breakfast!

  20. Mama Goose says:

    My husband and I love leeks. Sadly he OD’d on shrimp once and refuses to eat them ever again. I might try this with chicken though. Sounds fabulous.

  21. Krysta says:

    that dish looks really good, can’t wait to try it.

  22. Elle says:

    Shrimp, pasta and leeks–three great ingredients! This looks really, really good!

  23. Joy the Baker says:

    Where did I see this? Mmmmmmm, looks so good! Food Gawker? It looks like the perfect summer mean. I’m on a serious shrimp kick.

  24. Kevin says:

    What a great looking shrimp pasta!

  25. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Oh, that pasta looks sumptuous, Deborah. I love leeks in soups and stews, but why hadn’t I thought of shrimp and pasta? I can’t wait to try this one out.

  26. Dhanggit says:

    i used leeks for making quiches and soup but never with pasta..i must admit this leeky linguine shrimp sounds divine!!

  27. Birdie says:

    I love your addition of leeks. I make a version of shrimp and linguine but I have never used leeks in it before. This looks so tasty next time I’ll add leeks for sure!!

  28. Emiline says:

    I think this looks really good. The shrimp look perfect.

    Even though it came from Rachael Ray…
    just kidding.

  29. Elle says:

    Looks like a great dish for summer supper…and leeks are so delish.

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