Saturday, July 17, 2010

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

This is a recipe I first made when I was dating Sam and trying to impress him and his friends with my cooking skills. I guess it paid off cuz Sam asks me to make this all the time lol. This is a light and refreshing pasta which I really enjoy when its hot outside.

1 pound linguini
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 large shallot, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, sliced
Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
20 large shrimp, about 1 pound, peeled and deveined
salt and pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

1- For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta reserving 1 cup of water.
2- In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil.

**Randi's Side Notes**
~ Okay so since I didn't have any dry white wine on hand lol I used some cooking wine (not that I understand the difference)
~BEWARE how many red pepper flakes you add to this cuz I made the mistake the first time I made it of putting a few pinches in and I could hardly eat it. Those little flakes can pack a mean punch!
~ Try using a good quinoa noodle to make this recipe gluten free!

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