Let the good times roll, Seafoodies!
In the Big Easy, every day’s a party. And then there’s Carnival season! We always make it a point to celebrate Mardi Gras festivities, whether we can get to N’awlins or not! This year, we bedecked our kitchens with beads and noshed on king cake while daydreaming of parades, floats and plenty of mouthwatering seafood. And on the last day of Carnival, Fat Tuesday, we traditionally enjoy indulgent food and drink before Lent.
In honor of Fat Tuesday, we’re sharing one of our all-time favorite recipes, Garlic Shrimp Scampi. We’re sure you and your Krewe will love it! This scampi is lemony and garlicky, with just a touch of heat. Trust us, this dish is oh-so-good and really easy to prepare. It’s exactly the kind of five-star dish you’d want before an extended fast. This makes it a serious contender for any special-occasion meal, too.
You’ll be amazed how quickly this dish comes together. While the pasta is cooking, you can sauté the shrimp with seasonings, then add lemon juice and white wine. Combine with some wilted spinach and parmesan, and you’ve got dinner in 20 minutes. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Seriously Garlicky Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 12 oz. whole-wheat linguini (for gluten-free version, opt for gluten-free or zucchini noodles)
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 3 tsp. olive oil, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
- ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup dry white wine (can substitute chicken broth)
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
- Chopped parsley, to taste
- Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese, to taste (optional)
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Cook noodles according to instructions. (While noodles are cooking, see step 2, below, for preparing shrimp in garlic sauce.) After draining pasta, quickly return it to pot and stir in spinach and 1 tsp. olive oil, allowing hot pasta to wilt spinach.
- While pasta is cooking, heat 1 tsp. olive oil in large skillet on medium-high. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add shrimp, red pepper flakes and a dash of salt and pepper. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until shrimp is pink on both sides. Add white wine or chicken broth, plus lemon juice and zest. Cook for another minute or two, then remove from heat.
- Add shrimp mixture to pasta in pot. Stir in parsley and remaining 1 tsp. olive oil; toss to mix. Serve garnished with Parmesan, if desired.
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