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Broken Pappardelle with Shrimp and Zucchini


This recipe starts with large, flat sheets of pappardelle noodles, which are broken into bite-size, charmingly irregular pieces that fit perfectly on a fork. You can leave the jalapeño seeds in for more heat or discard them for a milder flavor.

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  1. 1/2 pound pappardelle, broken into 2-inch lengths
  2. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 pound small zucchini, thinly sliced (3 1/2 cups)
  4. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  6. 1 large jalapeño, seeded (optional) and thinly sliced
  7. 1 pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp, halved lengthwise
  8. 1/2 pound thin asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  9. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  10. 3 tablespoons snipped chives
  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a very large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet, along with the asparagus. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are curled but not cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the pasta, cream and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water to the skillet and simmer over moderately low heat, tossing, until the shrimp are cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes; add more of the pasta cooking water if the sauce is dry. Stir in the chives, transfer the pasta to bowls and serve immediately.

Suggested Pairing

Ripe, fragrant Vermentino.