We had our friends Sarah and Mark over for dinner the other week and we wanted to prepare something easy that didn’t require having to stop at the supermarket for ingredients. I like to resort to a recipe that only needs a few fresh ingredients that will make the dish really pop! The Shrimp Scampi that we prepared is full of flavor from the butter, garlic, tomatoes, lemon, and basil tossed together with angel hair pasta and a whopping mound of shrimp. It goes perfectly well with a nice glass of white wine. The only thing I regret is not making more so everyone can have seconds!
We sauteed 1 lb. of 31/40 shrimp that has been peeled and deveined in 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. It should take about 2 minutes on each side for the shrimp to cook through. Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl and set aside.
In the same skillet, add 5-6 garlic cloves that has been minced (or pressed through the garlic press). Next, add 1/2 tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes.
Next, add 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cook over high heat for about 1 minute. Finally, add 5 tbsp butter to the pan until it melts.
Now add in 1 cup of diced tomatoes, zest of 1 lemon, and the juice of half the lemon.
Finally, add in the 3/4 lb of cooked angel hair pasta and the shrimp and toss evenly to coat. If you plan to use more pasta, then increase the ingredients for the sauce. Another tip: reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water and add it to the mixture to keep it moist, if necessary. We didn't have to use the pasta water since we had the extra liquids coming from the tomatoes and lemon juice.
And don't forget your fresh basil! If you don't have basil, you can substitute for flat-leaf parsley.
Now you can plate the Shrimp Scampi and sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese to make it look like it took more work to make than it really was! This is a great go-to recipe when you plan to have guests over last-minute. These ingredients should be things you already have in the kitchen, so it makes it that much easier to prepare. Grab your fork and dig in to this lovely elegant meal!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Succulent Shrimp Scampi