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Lemon Shrimp Scampi With Linguine

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This past Monday we hosted a little dinner party. Nothing fancy, just close family, new friends, and of course my two little girls. There were many things to celebrate. M danced her little heart out to “A Spoonful of Sugar” at her end of year dance recital, and we celebrated the upcoming arrival of my brother-in-law’s baby girl (I am so excited to become an aunt again!!)!

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This Lemon Shrimp Scampi with Linguine was the perfect dish. When hosting a dinner party I always worry about cooking too much food, or even worse, not having enough. This dish satisfied the bellies of seven adults and my two little toddlers with just a tiny bit of leftovers.

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The addition of lemon and red pepper flakes made this dish refreshing with the tiniest hint of heat. It was delicious.

Lemon Shrimp Scampi With Linguine {serves 7}

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • Juice of two extra large lemons, or 4 small lemons (enough to make 1/3-1/2 cup lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Fill a large pot with water. Drizzle at little olive oil and some kosher salt in water and bring to a boil. Add linguine to water and cook according to package directions.

While linguine is cooking, melt the butter with the olive oil in a large sauce pan to medium-low heat. Add garlic and let it cook for no longer than one minute. Next, add your lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Add you shrimp to the mix and cook for about 5 minutes (stirring occasionally) just until the shrimp turns pink. As soon as the shrimp are cooked, remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain in colander, then add the pasta to the saucepan containing the lemon sauce. Add the parsley and red pepper flakes to the mix. Gently toss the pasta in the sauce until the pasta in coated.

Transfer the pasta to a large serving dish and top with your cooked shrimp. If desired, you can garnish with a little extra parsley.

This dish was delicious and perfect meal for a summer evening.



One Response

  1. Grannydeb said on June 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It was perfect–you’re a great cook Estela !!