To me, the name of this dish sounds like something sketchy that a mobster would do to you. I don’t completely understand the association, but I’ve felt like that for a long time. Shrimp Scampi is known for its use of delicate angel hair pasta tossed in a delicious olive oil and sun dried tomato sauce. When the shrimp, spinach, lemon and Parmesan comes into play, it becomes a bold yet delicate masterpiece. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is light. Texture is soft. Best categorized as American-Italian.
Shrimp Scampi Recipe
- large colander
- Spaghetti pot
- Large saute pan (high sided)
- cooking utensils
- 1 lb. medium sized shrimp peeled and de-veined
- 1 lb. angel hair pasta cooked
- ¼ c. olive oil
- ½ c. sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 c. fresh spinach leaves
- ¼ c. Parmesan grated
- kosher salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- ¼ c. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. sugar granulated
- 2 tbsp. garlic minced
- ½ tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
- ½ tbsp. oregano dried
- 4 tbsp. fresh basil chopped
- Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions and set to side. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes to pan. Allow to cook until garlic is lightly browned. Coat shrimp in Old Bay seasoning, then add them to the sauté pan. Cook for 4 minutes, moving shrimp as you cook them. Add spinach, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well to mix and wilt the spinach leaves. Place angel hair pasta in a large mixing bowl and cover with sauce mixture. Add Parmesan cheese and fresh basil to the mixing bowl. Toss all ingredients together. Scampi is now ready to serve.
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