Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish: 30 mins
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound linguine
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 small poblano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup creme fraiche or mexican crema
- 1 pound medium shrimp
- finely chopped fresh thyme, for garnishing
- Grated parmigiano-reggiano, for passing around the table (optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook it until al dente. Drain.
- While the pasta is working, in a medium saucepan, melt 4 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the poblano, onion and garlic and cook until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken stock and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, heat the creme fraiche (or crema) over medium heat. Whisk the warm cream into the poblano sauce. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until very smooth; season with salt.
- In a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until firm and pink; season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and poblano sauce to the shrimp; toss well. Sprinkle the thyme on top. Pass the cheese at the table, if desired.