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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Quick Shrimp Scampi

   If you're like me, and grew up on a mix of pastas and clean food, then you'll love this quick recipe for shrimp scampi that I threw together this evening!
   From prep to plating, it takes about 15-20 minutes, and serves 3-4 proper portions (or 2 large portions)... It was a hit in my household, and I hope it's a hit in yours!
   So, lets get started...

You will need:
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 lb. of raw shrimp (if you do not like dealing with raw food, de-veined steamed shrimp from your market of choice is just fine)
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (or to-taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine
  • 1/2 of a lemon, squeezed
  • Angel Hair pasta noodles, wheat or regular, about 8oc.
  • Handful or chopped spinach & cilantro (to-taste), or a handful of chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to-taste
  • Optional topping: Parmesan cheese (adds slight sharpness/creaminess), lemon juice, or lemon zest
*I minced my garlic, used wheat pasta, chose spinach & cilantro, and put lemon juice on top.*

Step 1:
  • Start a pot of boiling water for your noodles.
  • Take out a separate pan (I used my wok, but you can use a small/medium skillet) , and drizzle in the olive oil to heat up on med-high heat.
  • While it heats, press any excess moisture out of the shrimp, then place them in the hot skillet.
  • Without moving them around too much, let the shrimp cook for about a minute-minute and a half on each side (you will want a nice little seer going on).
  • Season both sides with salt and pepper, to-taste.
  • When the shrimp are properly cooked through, remove them from the pan into a separate bowl (I do not recommend Tupperware for this step), and set them aside.
Step 2:
  • If you didn't cook your noodles before starting everything else, put the noodles in the boiling water and let them cook as directed on their packaging.
  • In the skillet you used previously, add in your garlic and butter, and let saute (while consistently stirring) on medium heat until the garlic is more golden... Be careful not to burn your garlic! It is easy to do, and tastes horrid.
  • Add in your wine, let it cook down, then squeeze in your lemon juice and stir the entire mix.
  • After about a minute, take the skillet off the heat, and re-add in your shrimp. Fold everything together... You really want each shrimp slightly coated in the mixture.
Step 3:
  • If you haven't already, drain your noodles and add back into their pan/bowl, or if you have space, place them into the skillet directly.
  • Fork to combine all ingredients.
  • Add any final seasoning or your topping of choice.
  • ENJOY!

Tips:
  • Salt your boiling water - it helps to not only prevent your noodles from sticking, but it is also the only chance  you'll have to flavor the actual pasta noodles.
  • A tiny bit of lemon juice and EVOO - also helps to prevent noodles from sticking together.
  • Do not stir your pasta, fork it.

I hope you all enjoy this simple, and delicious, recipe.
Tag me in your photos on Instagram (@ElleLeFleur) so I can see your creations!

xoxo Elle
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