Monday, April 18, 2011

Shrimp, Leek and Spinach Pasta

Here is a great pasta dish!  I normally don't cook with a lot of cream (eventhough it makes a dish delish!)  But when I saw this recipe at Real Simple I just felt a need to make it.  Hubby was shocked when he sat down to dinner (he cooks with heavy cream but wasn't expecting it from me.)  I told him I made a special treat for him.  I am so glad I did, these flavors went well together and it really was a treat.  Enjoy!!

What You Need:
1 box of  short pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), cut into half-moons
kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup heavy cream
10 ounces baby spinach (about 12 cups)

What You Do:
Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks have softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

 Add the shrimp and lemon zest and cook, tossing frequently, until the shrimp is opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes more.
Add the cream and ½ teaspoon salt to the pasta in the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp mixture and the spinach and toss to combine.

Linking up HERE

(Recipe from Real Simple)


  1. This looks amazing. Thanks for making me super hungry at 9 AM. :)

  2. this sounds amazing! I actually crave leek since I don't think I've had that in 17 years (since I moved here). used to eat leeks in Georgia all the time (fresh or pickled, yum!)
    thanks for another great recipe.

  3. Wow!!!!! This looks delish. Thanks for sharing.

  4. oh this looks so yummy!! I am going to have to try this! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings..

  5. looks like a great weeknight meal! i bet you could sub the cream for half and half or creme fraiche if you wanted.

    thanks for sharing this lovely recipe :)

  6. Wow, that looks great. I have never tried leeks and shrimp together, but it seems like such a logical combination of flavors. This is going on my must try list.

    I found you through Tasty Tuesday and am your newest follower. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

    Elizabeth @

  7. Oh yummy! That looks so so tasty!

    I'm new to your blog! I found you through FTLOB and I can't wait to read more! Feel free to check out my blog!

    Simply Kate

  8. Sounds like a delicious spring pasta that is well worth the indulgence!

  9. What a perfect pasta! Shrimps and spinach are my favorite! Yummy!

  10. I'm officially starving. ;)

    Thank you for linking up to What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

  11. I just made my first dish with leeks this past week and it has become a family favorite now.

    I'm hosting my first blog hop over at Peas & Carrots and I'd love for you to link this up so I have it for future reference! It's at

  12. wow, that looks yummy! thanks for sharing this at my party!

  13. Hi Danielle,
    This is a great Pasta Dish. It really looks delicious with a good for you combination of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week! Have a wonderful week end!

  14. Oh yum. I love leeks and shrimp are my favorite. Visiting here from Pot Luck Friday and I'm so glad I did. I can't wait to make this!

    I host a weekly foodie meme and I would love for you to link up and play along at my Friday Food Fight. I hope to see you in the ring!

  15. This pasta looks stunning! I've never (to my knowledge) tried leeks, but this makes me want to run out and get some! Thanks for linking up with Friday Potluck!

  16. Looks sumptuous!

    Come and have some Mexican food at Spice Up Your Life blog, happy Easter!

  17. I am not a big fan of seafood pasta... but the thought of combining leeks, lemon zest, spinach, and shrimps makes me wanna try it, too.

    Hopping here from Food Trip Friday, if you have time, please check out my foodie experience at Felicity Patisserie, my FTF post this week. Thanks a lot!

  18. healthy and delicious! love to try, so thanks for sharing your recipe! anyway, i'm your newest follower, hope you can follow me back! thank you and wishing you a great week! -PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...

  19. Looks delish! I just cooked with my first leek yesterday, this may be in my near future!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters, today!

  20. YUMMM!!!! That looks sooooo good!!! Thanks so much for linking it up to Try it Tuesday!!! It made my day!
    Have a happy Monday! Hope to see you tomorrow!

  21. this looks delicious...and your photo is amazing! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  22. Yum i love heavy cream but it goes right to the old thighs! Thnaks for lining to workshop wednesday- Hope to see you back again! goobyecityhellosuburbs

  23. Tis the season for leeks...looks delectable!

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week.

  24. I'm guilty of cooking with heavy cream, but I'm ok with it sometimes ;)


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