RECIPE: Scampi over Pasta


Probably one of the most delicious and most easiest Italian dishes to prepare is “Shrimp Scampi”.  Its important to note that scampi, shrimp and prawns are all basically the same seafood shellfish.  The species varies from country to country and while in the USA we know it as “Shrimp Scampi” its simply shrimp in a simple sauce of garlic, olive oil and butter.  That’s it.  Whichever you use is not going to have a huge impact on the sauce or dish.  You can actually use this sauce with any type of shellfish, even without any seafood at all.  Its all delicious.  How can you go wrong with garlic and butter?  At an Italian table you typically would not serve bread with pasta, but here you definitely want it on hand, as to not waste a drop of this delicious sauce.

INGREDIENTS This should serve about 3-4 people, depending:
1 Box of Capellini, Thin Spaghetti, Linguine, or Spaghetti
2 Dozen Uncooked Shrimp
1 Stick Unsalted Butter
2cl or 2oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 Cloves smashed, chopped or sliced fresh garlic (I prefer sliced)
2cl or 2 oz Fresh Chopped Parsley
Salt & Pepper

While your pasta is boiling in a pot of salted water, add your olive oil to a saucepan and allow the garlic to brown.  Add the butter to melt, add half the parsley to the pan, add in your shrimp, salt and pepper.  Allow the shrimp to turn pink.  Once your pasta is finished cooking, add it to the saucepan, a little bit of the pasta water is ok to make the sauce.  Add extra pasta water if its too thick, and if its too think allow the pasta to cook a few minutes more.  Add the rest of the fresh chopped parsley, and serve.

This is often a favorite around Christmas, but its always good any time of the year.  Serve with white or rose wine.


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