Shrimp Scampi over linguine is one of those meals that is quick and easy to put together and most everyone likes it. I’ve eaten it in restaurants many times and sometimes it is well seasoned and balanced but I’ve also had it when the philosophy of the restaurant seemed to be ” the more garlic there is, the better”. WRONG! This dish is not about how much garlic you throw on some shrimp and linguine and then serve it swimming in clam broth. It is about the blending of flavors that include shrimp, cooked just until pink, with a light touch of garlic, lemon juice, butter, olive oil, and parsley. Serve over linguine with a good quality Parmesan cheese grated over the top and you have a dish that tells you it’s right after the first bite, when you sigh and say, Ahhhh, good.
This is actually a quick pantry meal, if you keep frozen shrimp in the freezer. In addition to the shrimp you will need a package of linguine or thin spaghetti, a lemon, butter, olive oil, 2-3 cloves of garlic, and fresh flat leaf parsley.
SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH LINGUINE
EVERYDAY ITALIAN, Giada DiLaurentis
- 1 pound linguine
- 1 pound medium – large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 Tablespoons Olive oil,
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- pepper to taste
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Parmesan cheese to grate at the table
1. For the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
2. Meanwhile, in a large heavy skillet, warm the olive oil with the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes.
Add the salt and pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley. Toss to combine.
Turn off the heat and add the drained linguine, plus some pasta water; enough to make a loose consistency, but not too juicy.
3. Toss again to coat the pasta with the sauce. Serve immediately, with parmesan cheese to grate onto each serving at the table.