12 ounces Spinach Tagliatelle, or pasta of your choice
1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic, peeled
1 Shallot, thinly sliced (large)
pinch of Crushed Red Pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 cups Hard Cider, such as Mike's Hard Smashed Cider or Woodchuck
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1 1/2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
1 pound Jumbo Raw Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 teaspoons Dried Tarragon, fresh and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just al dente, ~5 minutes (or according to package directions). Drain and set aside.
While the water comes to a boil and the pasta cooks, get on with the sauce and shrimp.
Add the butter, olive oil, and garlic cloves to a large, deep-sided skillet over medium heat. Once the fats are hot and the garlic is golden brown, carefully fish out the garlic cloves and discard (just used to add a hint of garlic flavor). Add sliced shallots and the crushed red chiles, cook until just soft, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over everything and stir; cook for another minute.
Pour in the hard cider and allow it to bubble for 30 seconds. Carefully pour in the heavy cream, and add the salt, white pepper, and thyme; cook until thick 2-3 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add the shrimp and cook until they just turn pink, another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the tarragon, parsley, and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Transfer the still warm pasta into the pan and toss to combine. Serve immediately.