shrimp scampi spaghetti

Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

Shrimp Scamp Spaghetti ! Now, try saying that fast! It’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Like Literally. Scampi refers to shrimp (the larger variety) prepared in a buttery-garlic sauce. The recipe is traditionally made using white wine which adds acidity to the dish and which in turn brings out the other flavors. However if you don’t wish to use wine or can’t find any , you can very well skip it! I added my own touch to the recipe by making use of sun-dried tomatoes. I feel it pairs well with shrimp and adds an umami flavor. This is one of our favorite weekend meals when we want to go extra fancy but still want to keep the cooking simple. Try out this recipe during the weekend and let me know what you think! Tag us on instagram or share with us your pics!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box spaghetti (cook according to package instructions)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 1 shallot, minced (or ½ red onion)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 4 sundried tomatoes, coarsely ground
  • ½ cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 lb (½ kg) Shrimp, peeled & deveined  
  • 1 teaspoon ground black Pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes 
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • Handful of chopped cilantro for garnish 

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drizzle a bit of oil over it and cook spaghetti in boiling water until al dente for about 8-10 minutes. Drain and keep aside. 
  2. Wash and marinate shrimp with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning for 10 minutes. 
  3. In a large pan, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Saute shallots, garlic until fragrant. Add in the shrimp and the coarsely ground sundried tomatoes and stir fry until the shrimp is cooked and turns pink. 
  4. Next , pour in the white wine (if using) and the lemon juice and let it cook until it comes together like a sauce, about 2 minutes. Season with salt, ground black pepper and red pepper flakes, if needed. 
  5. Add the cooked spaghetti to the simmering sauce and let it coat the pasta well. Check for seasoning and cook for about 2 minutes before turning off the flame. 
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving!

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