Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach; tomatoes

We’ve been eating a lot of shrimp lately.

There are three simple reasons….

We like shrimp.

I can now buy cleaned shrimp. Mon mari was not overly fond of cleaning shrimp and I can’t. I have no problem eating shrimp but my hands break-out in a rash if I clean them. (My story and it’s worked for years.)

The weather hasn’t been nice enough for him to grill salmon.

He finally conceded defeat and set the barbecue up in the barn so he can cook in the rain… Unhappily, I might add.

It’s been a strange spring. We have beautiful weather for the first part of the week, followed by a cold, wet weekend.

It’s May 3rd and he just lit a fire in the fireplace.

We like green garlic and lemon with our shrimp…..

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Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach

This dish goes together in the time it takes to cook the spaghetti making for a quick, easy one-dish dinner.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Seafood
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 7oz (210gr) shrimp, cleaned
  • 5oz (150gr) fresh spinach, washed, big leaves torn into smaller pieces if needed
  • 6 green garlic, sliced, including green tops 
  • 2 tbs parsley
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) white wine
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) Greek or plain yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4oz (125gr) spaghetti


  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet heat oil. Add green garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and sauté until shrimp are cooked through (they curl and turn opaque).
  • Add lemon juice, wine, parsley and spinach, stirring until heated through and spinach is wilted.
  • Add yogurt and stir to combine.
  • Add drained pasta and combine.
  • Divide onto 2 plates, top with Parmesan and serve.


Green garlic is immature garlic, pulled before it divides into cloves. It looks like a green onion. Substitute an equal amount of green onion plus 1 – 2 minced garlic cloves.

Keywords: spaghetti, shrimp, spinach

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach

Two weeks ago I bought tomato plants.

I still haven’t figured out how it works here. One is not supposed to put plants in the potager until after the middle of May (after the the ‘three ice saints’ days) but by the middle or April all of the tomato plants are huge, root bound and crying for relief.

I decided to be brave and I was all ready to plant them at the beginning of this week. The weather was warm and sunny.

I checked the forecast one last time.

Frost is predicted for tomorrow night.

I re-potted all of the tomato plants.

It was the least I could do.

Really – the least.

But next week is forecast to be beautiful.

I’ll try again.

Every year I ask myself why I bother….. And then I do it again.

4 thoughts on “Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach; tomatoes”

  1. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and 68. Then rain through the week until the weekend again. It’s soggy, squishy and miserable outside and only 40 out right now so I won’t be going out today. Tomorrow though, I’ll have to try and get as much cleaned up as I can since the plants grow relentlessly, even in the rain.

    We had a fire in the hearth a couple nights ago. It’s been a very strange spring and while I can remember a spring or two where we had snow mid May, it wasn’t this constant, chilly rain. This is the time of year when hubs is usually splitting and stacking wood for the winter so it’s seasoned nicely, but the spot he works in is a mud pit.

    I’ll definitely be making this dish! I actually found ramps in the organic section of our big box store, for the first time. There is a small, family owned farm that sells ramp plants and they’ll ship them to me, but I haven’t really got an area that would work well to plant them. The previous owner loved flowers. Full sun flowers. No trees. No shade. 🙁 And now, the one tree we do have has a huge frost crack in it and we’re just hoping it doesn’t die. I’d have a yard full of trees if they weren’t so expensive! As to the shrimp, I usually buy flash frozen. They’re cleaned and they work well in dishes like this. For me.

    • I’ve never had ramps. I know they exist here but I’ve never seen them.
      I’m so sick of cold rain – and fires every night in MAY!
      And yes, the lawn needs cutting every 4 or 5 days, the weeds are taking over and it’s too wet to trim lol
      Our last house had been owned by people who loved flowers… We had over 75 roses…. Not one of which had a scent!

  2. Its going to be well into the forties at the weekend here in Marrakech….way hotter than it should be…summer hasn’t even started yet !!

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