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Creme fraiche pasta sauce over angel hair pasta and cooked shrrimp.

Creme Fraiche Pasta Sauce with Angel Hair Pasta and Shrimp

Creamy and luscious, creme fraiche pasta is fresh with lemon and parsley, this is a satisfying meal.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 405kcal


  • For the gremolata:
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves loosely packed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • For the Pasta:
  • ½ pound angel hair pasta about 1/2 box.
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for garnish
  • Juice of one lemon about two tablespoons
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 16 large shrimp
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish


  • Using two sauce pans, put some water on to boil the spaghetti and the shrimp.
  • Make the Gremolata: In the bowl of a small food chopper, add the garlic. Pulse about 5 times or until rough chopped. Add parsley leaves and the zest of 1 lemon. Pulse about 20 times until medium chopped.
  • Juice the lemon into a large bowl. Whisk in the crème fraîche and olive oil until combined. Add the Parmesan, red-pepper flakes and reserved gremolata; mix until combined. Set aside.
  • Cook the Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.
  • Cook the Shrimp: Peel, devein, remove tails. In a sauce pan with water, add a few leaves of parsley and the lemon that you've used to zest and juice. Let this mixture boil for 5 minutes and then add the shrimp and cook for two minutes. Remove shrimp to a plate and set aside. Keep warm.
  • Transfer the pasta to the bowl with the sauce. Add the sauce and toss to coat the noodles evenly, adding pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time to thin sauce if needed.
  • Transfer the pasta to individual plates. Add 4 shrimp per plate and garnish with additional Parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil and parsley. Serve immediately.


Storage: Store any leftover creme fraiche pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The pasta will keep for 3 - 4 days. Angel hair pasta reheats beautifully in the microwave. Depending on the serving amount, allow 15 - 30 seconds. 
Use a gluten free pasta product to make this a gluten free meal.


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