Fettuccine with Sweet and Spicy Honey-Orange Shrimp

Circle B Kitchen

If you have particularly large shrimp, it's nice to butterfly them by partially slicing lengthwise through them. They will sort of curl outward as they cook which makes them look fancy. FYI… 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes brings enough heat to the dish to be fun, but it won’t set your hair on fire. Adjust up or down from there.

Serves 4

1 pound fettuccine

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (add more or less to your tastes)

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 large shallots, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)

Zest and 2/3 cup juice from 2 medium oranges (strain seeds)

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 14-oz can diced tomatoes

1 cup white wine

2 tablespoons butter

Grated parmesan cheese

Chopped fresh basil

Liberally sprinkle the shrimp all over with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Set a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add several tablespoons of salt to the water and cook the fettuccine one or two minutes less than the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta just before draining.

Add the olive oil to a large-ish skillet over medium high heat, and saute the shallots for 3-4 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and dried herbs to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the shrimp and saute for 2 minutes or so per side, depending on how large they are. Remove them from the pan just as they begin to lose their opaque-ness. Place them in a shallow bowl and keep warm in low oven (170 degrees).

Add the garlic to the pan, saute briefly, and then add the wine to deglaze. Then add orange juice, zest, salt and honey and simmer for just a few minutes. Spoon 1/3 cup of the sauce onto the shrimp and continue to keep them warm.

To the pan, add the tomatoes and their liquid, the oregano and basil and simmer for 5 -10 minutes over low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Taste for salt and pepper.

Add the pasta to the sauce, mixing thoroughly so all of the pasta is coated with the sauce, along with a handful of grated parmesan cheese if you like. Add some of the pasta water as needed. The sauce should be a little loose at this point. Stir once more, cover the pan and let it sit for 5-6 minutes so the pasta can finish absorbing the sauce. It should thicken a bit as it sits. If it still seems a little too saucy, replace the lid and let it sit for a few more minutes.

To serve, sprinkle with a little more parmesan cheese and a lots of chopped fresh basil. Place the shrimp over the top of the pasta, drizzling them with the sauce in the bowl and serve immediately.