Doesn’t this look romantic?
You know, Valentine’s Day is next week, right? Oh my bad, did I bring up something you were trying to forget or just didn’t remember? I apologize about that. Not to worry, your girl has your back. I got you boo! I know it gets crazy with all the planning and the pressure to be more romantic than you were the year before. Men, I honestly do feel your pain. Yes, I do. Because we love each other so much, my fiance and I are always thinking of ways to be romantic for one another. I think without saying, my fiance and I try to outdo one another. It’s a healthy competition. We aren’t talking about us, we are talking about YOU and something quick you can put together that is on the verge of “fancy” but not really.
Shrimp Scampi! It’s good right. The garlic, the wine, and the lemon juice works really well together right?! When I made this a couple of weeks ago, I seriously “bashed” this dish! It-was-awesome! Would you believe me if I told you that this was my first time eating Shrimp Scampi? Yea man. I know I’m late in the game and this is now one of my favorite pasta dishes. You know, there is something strangely sexy about this dish too. If I came home and my man was in the kitchen cooking up this dish, with an apron around his waist,…..HONEY! I can’t even tell you what I would do. No, like seriously I can’t tell you what I would do. I have elders and teenagers looking at my blog now. Let’s just say. I would scampi his shrimp right after dinner. LMBO. Too much? Oh well.
If you are looking for a dinner to make your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend I would highly consider this dish. It is super easy but because of the name and that you are cooking with wine, it is going to come across as though you put in more effort into the dish than you actually did. Just prepare an awesome salad, warm up some garlic bread, serve with a glass of white wine and your golden! If you are struggling for a dessert to create then go through my website. I’m sure you’ll find something :-). Happy Huntings!
Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe
- 1 lb. whole wheat linguine
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 4 tbsp. olive oil, more for drizzling
- 1 medium onion or shallot, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. deveined and peeled shrimp
- 1/2 c. white wine (dry)
- 1 lemon
- 1/8 c. parsley, finely chopped
- 1/8 c. basil, finely chopped (optional)
- parmesan reggiano cheese shavings
- In a large sauce pot, fill the pot with water and place on stove to bring to a boil. Add about 2 tablespoon of salt to the water to season the pasta. If you feel that is too much salt, feel free to reduce the amount of salt to lower amount. Once the water is at a slight boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Before you drain the water, reserve about a cup of the pasta water and set aside. Drain the pasta and return the pasta back into the pot and add the reserved pasta water so the noodle wont dry out. Do not return to the same hot burner. Place on a cooled burner and cover with lid. Stir occasionally so the noodle wont stick together You can also drizzle with olive oil and add the chopped basil and toss (you don’t have to add basil. I just love the way it tastes with this dish).
- Place a large saute pan on stove turning to medium heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and olive oil in the pan. Saute the onion (or shallot) and garlic until the onions are translucent. Make sure you stir pretty consistently so the garlic won’t burn.
- Place the shrimp on a cutting board or large plate and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Add them to the pan and cook until they become pink. When cooking shrimp it is very important to not constantly flip them. You want to leave them on one side for about 2 minutes or so and then flip them on the other side to make sure they cooked thoroughly. Once the shrimp is done, remove and set aside.
- Leaving the onions and garlic in the pan, add the wine and the juice of the lemon to the pan and bring to a simmer. Add the other 2 tablespoons of butter and olive oil and stir. Season with salt and pepper if you wish at this point. Return the shrimp back to the pan once all ingredients are melted and blended well. Allow to simmer and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
- Using tongs, add in the linguine to the pan, sprinkle in the chopped parsley, season with salt and pepper if you wish, and drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve while it is still hot. Sprinkle with Parmesan reggiano shavings and serve.
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