Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Andrew really hates shrimp and won't go near it so when he was traveling for work last week I took advantage of the opportunity and made this indulgent pasta... on a weeknight! I rarely eat shrimp, but I like it once in a while, and it goes so well in this garlic-y, buttery dish. It is really easy and quick to prepare, and although it is simple, it feels like a real treat. I love the addition of the red pepper flakes to give it some kick. I made this exactly according to the directions with no modifications.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp (raw; 20 to 25 per lb)
4 large garlic cloves, left unpeeled and forced through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 lb capellini (angel-hair pasta)
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Bring a 6- to 8-quart pot of salted water to a boil. 

Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté shrimp, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes, and transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Add garlic to oil remaining in skillet along with red pepper flakes, wine, salt, and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Add butter to skillet, stirring until melted, and stir in shrimp. Remove skillet from heat. 

Cook pasta in boiling water until just tender, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander. Toss pasta well with shrimp mixture and parsley in large bowl, adding some of reserved cooking water if necessary to keep moist.


  1. I am totally cooking everything you post now! I made the tangine in a crockpot and it was excellent (see today's post):)

    1. Yes! You totally should!! Sometimes it feels like the recipes are just drifting out into the interwebs... I love the idea of someone actually using them.

    2. p.s. this one is really good and easy. a real hit!!


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