1lb.raw shrimppeeled and deveined, 21 to 25 per pound
1teaspoonextra-virgin olive oil
3/4teaspoonfinely grated lemon zest
For the Pasta:
1lb.penne pastaor pasta of choice
1tablespoonextra-virgin olive oil
2cupschopped leekswhite and light green parts only
4cupspacked baby spinach
1/4cupdry white winesuch as Pinot Grigio
3/4cupgoat cheesecrumbled (you can add more if you like the pasta extra creamy)
1/2teaspoonsaltmore to taste
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground peppermore to taste
1/4teaspoonfreshly grated nutmegoptional
crushed chili flakesto your liking (optional)
Extra goat cheeseif desired
Toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, the grated lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Marinate for 20 minutes.
In a large dry skillet toast the pine nuts until fragrant and golden coloured. Remove from skillet.
Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; when it's at a roiling boil, add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
In skillet, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon each of the butter and olive oil. Add leeks and cook for a couple of minutes, add garlic and keep cooking until leeks soften and just start to colour, about 5-6 minutes, season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (if using). Transfer to bowl and reserve.
In the same skillet over medium heat, add the shrimp and cook until just opaque, about 1 minute on each side. Transfer shrimp to bowl.
Pour the white wine into the skillet, scraping any browned bits of food from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
When pasta is cooked, drain it reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
Add the drained pasta, leeks and the reserved shrimp to the skillet; stir to combine. Add the goat cheese and enough of the reserved cooking liquid to make a sauce that lightly coats the pasta. Let simmer over low heat for 2 minutes to finish the shrimp and let the flavours meld. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
Add the pine nuts, additional goat cheese if desired and serve with crushed chili flakes on the side.