You know what I love about Shrimp Scampi? This may be a bold statement, but I’m going with it. I think it’s the easiest fancy meal you can make. When Andy was in Dental School and I was working crazy hours at the news station, this was a staple. Even if you don’t like cooking, you will probably enjoy how simple this dish is to prepare…and you and your sweetheart will definitely enjoy how delicious it tastes.
1/2 Pound Fresh Linguine, Boiled and Drained
3 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Medium Onion, Diced
3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Pound Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
Cayenne Pepper, Several Dashes
Salt, Several Dashes
1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
1/2-1 Lemon (depending on how lemon-y you like it), Squeezed
Parmesan Cheese, To Taste
Fresh Basil, Chopped, To Taste
Start Boiling Pasta, if using fresh it only takes a couple of minutes, drain and set a side. Melt Butter and olive oil in a separate pan over medium heat. Add diced onion, minced Garlic and a few shakes of cayenne pepper, cook for a couple of minutes, be careful to not over-cook the garlic. Season Shrimp with Salt and Cayenne Pepper. Add to the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Turn your skillet to low. Add wine and lemon and cook for several about another 2-3 minutes. Toss pasta in skillet. Top with grated or shaved parmesan, more salt and pepper (if you like) and chopped basil. Serve immediately with crunchy bread.