Super Simple Shrimp Scampi

Monday, October 15, 20070 comments

Super Simple Shrimp Scampi

I often get asked for quick meal recipes for the time stressed. This is probably the king of time crunch recipes. You can have this on the table in under 20 minutes.

Serves 4

One 350 gram pkg fresh linguine or fettuccine, cooked
1 ½ pounds large uncooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined
3 cloves minced garlic
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 oz white wine
Zest of half a lemon
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley ( or any other mild herb you prefer, tarragon, fennel leaves, cilantro, oregano.)
¼ tsp red chile flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to season

Begin by melting butter with the olive oil in a saute pan. Add the chopped garlic for just about 30 seconds before adding a single layer of shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Do not crowd your pan. If you are cooking a large number of shrimp do them in smaller batches. Cook the shrimp for only about a minute per side, depending on the size. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.

Remove the shrimp from the pan  and add the lemon juice,wine (and chile flakes if desired.) Cook the sauce down to about half and return the shrimp to the pan along with the herbs and lemon zest. Toss together for another minute or two before tossing in the cooked pasta.
Serve with lemon wedges for garnish. Top with freshly grated Parmesan, Romano or asiago cheese if desired.

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