Creamy, Cheesy Shrimp Florentine Linguine

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You can use fat-free half and half, and reduced fat Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses. Serve with a green salad and/or garlic bread. – Wannabe Gourmet Jonathan

2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 pounds fresh shrimp without shells or tails, deveined
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
16 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 lb cut whole leaf spinach
2 cups half and half
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

cooked pasta water
1 lb linguine pasta

Heat a large skillet until hot – add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and immediately add garlic and shrimp, cook on one side for about 1 minute until pink on one side, on medium-high heat. Flip the shrimp to the other side, sprinkle the top of cooked side of shrimp with basil,  and paprika, cook for another 1-2 minutes, occasionally stirring, until shrimp is pink on both sides. Remove the shrimp from skillet. If shrimp is a little undercooked – it’s fine because you will continue cooking it in the sauce.

To the same skillet add sliced mushrooms. Add more olive oil if necessary. Cook on high heat for about 2 minutes, occasionally stirring, until mushrooms become soft and release juices. Salt midway through cooking. To the skillet with mushrooms, add cooked shrimp. Immediately add spinach, half and half and all of the cheese – bring to boil, then reduce to simmer, and cook, constantly stirring, until all cheese melts. Cover with lid and remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some of pasta water. Drain and rinse pasta with cold water. Add pasta to the skillet with shrimp and mushrooms and cream sauce. Stir well, season with more salt and add more crushed red pepper flakes and basil, if desired.
If the cream sauce is too thick and you want it creamier – add some pasta water in small amounts until you reach desired consistency.


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