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  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp (tail-on)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 to 3 Tablspoons olive oil
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 pounds spaghetti or linguine
  • pasta water
  • kosher salt
  • black
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • McCormick crushed red pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon

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I’m taking it back old school with this recipe for Shrimp Scampi. Oh, and the more garlic, the better. So very simple, yet elegant. Serve with pasta, like I do, or without. You decide. I absolutely love recipes that are quick, easy and can feed a lot of people, for very little money. This is one fabulous dinner that is done in just about twenty minutes from prep to plate. Recipe will yield four generous servings.

This recipe for Shrimp Scampi is a must add to your Feast of the Seven Fishes meal on Christmas Eve.

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shrimp scampi pasta in a pan


Timing is everything when it comes to preparing this dish if you are serving over pasta. Try to prepare your pasta and sauce so that they are finished at the same time. Start boiling a pot of water. Do NOT forget to salt your water! Drop your pasta in the boiling water. Spaghetti or linguine are always my go-to when preparing this recipe. DeCecco and Delallo are two brands that I love, and use most often. Their pastas are always no-fail, and cook to a perfect al dente, every single time.

While the pasta is doing its thing, heat a deep skillet to medium. Add in the butter, olive oil, garlic, shallots and a few dashes of red pepper flakes. You are just looking to soften, not brown, the garlic and shallots. This will take about three to four minutes.

shallots and garlic with butter in a pan

Season the shrimp with kosher salt and black pepper. Use tail-on, if possible. The shrimp will not only look prettier on the plate, but the tail tends to lend a bit more flavor to the dish. Toss shrimp into the pan. Allow to cook through.

Once the shrimp have turned pink, and are no longer translucent, pour in the white wine and lemon juice. Pour in ladle full of the pasta water. Utilizing pasta water is a great addition to any sauce. It helps to thicken and make any sauce just a bit creamier. Stir to coat the shrimp. Zest in the lemon. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.


If you are not serving up with pasta, the dish is done. Serve up with crusty bread and a salad for one incredible meal.

Serving up with pasta? Transfer the finished pasta directly from the pot to the pan with tongs, or a pasta spoon. The additional liquid from the cooked pasta will thicken the sauce even more. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges. ENJOY this fabulous recipe for Shrimp Scampi.

an ornamental platter of shrimp scampi pasta

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