Monday, March 16, 2009

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

I’m raving about how easy this recipe is so I thought I’d share it. It totally made enough for 4 (or for two nights if you're a couple or one night and couple of lunches...).

1 pound linguini
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 shallots, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

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.

Meanwhile, 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. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.

I followed the instructions as given except I would add about a half pound more shrimp than what the recipe calls. It also called for the large shrimp. I used medium shrimp and may downgrade to the smaller size next time. I like things extra shrimpy.


Anonymous said...

I don't do shrimp, but this dish looks delicious!

I'll try it and put something else maybe.

princessapr said...

You could totally do it with grilled chicken I bet though you may have to play around with the lemon/butter mixture and cook the chicken separately versus in the lemon/butter.