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The Gift of Time {Recipe: Lemon Pepper Shrimp Over Pasta}

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Pasta Recipe

I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately… lack of it, its speed and the meaning behind it. We have 4 weeks of summer remaining. I should be looking forward to those four weeks, anticipating the fun that we can have together, but instead I’ve been looking back, full of regret for the things we didn’t get done that I wanted to.

Where does the time go? Why is it that when you are sitting in a 4×4 cubical, working for someone else, time seems to crawl along at snails pace. When you want time to move slowly, it does the opposite. It steals the moments, the days, the hours and before you know it, the time you thought you had has slipped away leaving behind thoughts of what could have been.

I want more time… but I want it to go slowly so I can have the chance to breathe it in and savor each little moment, roll it around in my mind and enjoy it more.

For some people 4 weeks is what’s left of a lifetime… a gift they have been given. I need to remember that and appreciate it as the gift it is. I guess I should be thankful to have time… whether fast or slow… on my side.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe 2

When time is of the essence, I turn to shrimp as our “quick night” meal ingredient. This Lemon Pepper Shrimp over Pasta is a family favorite. Enjoy!

Recipe: Lemon Pepper Shrimp Over Pasta

  • 1 (8 ounce) package pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound medium frozen shrimp, tails removed, thawed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (approximately 9 minutes). Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute garlic about 1 minute. Stir in wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and butter to the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until shrimp is done. Stir in the cooked pasta and toss until well coated.

Alexia Fries Lemon Pepper

If you love these flavors you will love some of the flavors I’ve been experimenting with for the Alexia Fry Challenge! I can’t wait to share my final recipe with you.

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  1. I have not had enough shrimp lately. Need to change that!

  2. Well said! Time does fly…but we have to try and stay in the moment ’cause that’s all we really have. :-) My grands are teens now and it just doesn’t seem possible. I thought I had yeeearrrrsssss to play with them…I did but it just went so fast!

    This recipe looks amazing ~ I love shrimp in anything. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Looks delicious! Love simple sauces, specially with the citrus!

  4. Kristin, this pasta looks wonderful. Not sure where the time is going either. Thank goodness for being very busy though :)

  5. Ahh, gosh that pasta looks SO good! Shrimp, lemon and pasta can never go wrong if put all together. Winner in my book :-)

  6. I like this post lots, it has sentiments I often think about, as well as a wonderful recipe of course! Looks really perfect for a summer evening meal :)

  7. Time is indeed a gift that we should all try to cherish. It’s so easy to fritter it away and then then waste more time worrying about what “wasn’t” instead of focusing on what we “will”…thank you for the reminder Kristen. Big hugs to you. xo

  8. Oh this is definitely something I’ll be making soon! So fresh and simple =)

  9. It’s a perfect dish! Love the simplicity of it. I don’t want summer to end either… but we’re just leaving today on our first vacation of the summer, so I feel like there’s a ways to go yet!

  10. can’t wait to try

  11. Great food photography! Shrimp is the greatest “fast food”. I am in denial that summer is heading to an end.

  12. Looks lovely, Kristen. I especially like garlicky wine broths with pasta and shrimp – can’t wait to try this!

  13. My favorite combo…shrimp and pasta. I love quick and easy weeknight meals like this. And yes, summer is flying by. As it always does.

  14. Such a good recipe! Summer meals like this are my favorite. I can already feel fall looming, I’m trying to stay in the moment.

  15. Frozen shrimp is a savior, isn’t it? This recipe is so quick and easy, we can’t help but want to make tonight for dinner! Perhaps we will add a little bit of shaved Parmesan to this.

  16. When something tragic in your life happens, you start to really assess where the time went – and how you want to spend it best. Some don’t have a choice, but it forces us to really evaluate what’s important. On a less serious note, I love your pasta and the potatoes too, but I really love that weathered board you use in the photos.

  17. A beautiful dish, and a beautiful post!

  18. Great recipe! I did my own adaptation last night:
    Love this blog! Keep ‘em coming!

  19. K – I’m in love with the way you seem to effortlessly give all of us a lesson in life, and then add in a gorgeous soul satisfying recipe at the end as well. Thanks!

  20. Seeing the pasta….now I am craving some. But it’s 10pm…. ahhh lol


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