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Pasta with Creme Fraiche

Angel Hair Pasta with Creme Fraiche and Shrimp

Creamy and luscious with creme fraiche and fresh with lemon and parsley, this is a satisfying meal.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 405kcal


  • For the gremolata:
  • 1 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • For the Pasta:
  • ½ pound angel hair pasta
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for garnish
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish
  • For the shrimp:
  • 12 large shrimp
  • 3 stalks parsley
  • the lemon halves that you've used to juice and zest


  • Make the gremolata: In a small bowl, combine the parsley with the garlic and lemon zest. Using with a spoon, mix until just combined and set aside.
  • Juice the lemon into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Peel, devein, remove tails and butterfly the shrimp. In a sauce pan with water, add a few leaves of parsley the lemon that you've used to zest and juice, Let this mixture boil for 5 minutes and then add the shrimp and cook until done. Remove shrimp to a plate and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package instructions or about 4 minutes.
  • In the large bowl with the lemon juice, whisk the crème fraîche with the olive oil until combined. Add the Parmesan, red-pepper flakes and reserved gremolata; mix until combined.
  • When the pasta is cooked, use tongs to transfer it directly to the bowl with the sauce. Toss the pasta with the sauce and coat the noodles evenly, adding pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time to thin the sauce if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl or divide among individual plates. Add the shrimp and garnish with additional Parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil and the whole parsley leaves. Serve immediately.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1617IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 2mg