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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shrimp Scampi

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Serves 4

3/4-1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (I like medium-size)
3 T Butter
2 T Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4-1/2 cup Diced Onion
1/2 cup White Wine
Splash of broth (chicken, vegetable, doesn't matter)
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
3/4-1 lb cooked pasta (I prefer shaped pasta)
Parmesan Cheese
Salt/Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions.  While pasta is cooking, heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic and saute a couple of minutes.  Add white wine, broth, red pepper flakes and shrimp. Sprinkle a little basil over it. Let it simmer 5-7 minutes or until your pasta is finished.  Drain pasta, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over it and add your shrimp mixture. Toss it all together and enjoy.

Holly's Note:
I love shrimp, but I never cook it because my husband doesn't like seafood.  My teenage son does though, so I tried a Shrimp Scampi the other night.  I looked online and found different variations, but all recipes had basically the same ingredients, so I just really came up with my own.  This is really one of those dishes where you don't even need a real recipe. Just do everything to taste.  Since it was just the two of us eating, I didn't even use a full pound of shrimp or pasta.

I think one key is letting everything simmer together for several minutes so the sauce thickens a little and the flavors blend together.

Also, while most recipes call for long pasta (linguine, fettuccine, angel hair), I prefer shaped pasta.  I think the dish is more flavorful because shaped pasta gives you so many nooks and crannies in which to trap the sauce.

This was very light, yet filling and absolutely delicious.  It would be very easy to add your own seasonings for whatever flavor you want.

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