This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti dish turned out to be one of the easiest, fastest and the most delicious weeknight dinners. My family absolutely loved it.
Every weekend I make it a point to take a trip to my local Trader Joe’s supermarket to buy ingredients for the next week’s dinners.
As I’m sure most of you can attest, it’s not easy to plan ahead for an entire week and then make a shopping list to go along with it. I often ask my husband what he feels we should make for dinner during the week, and sometimes he throws out suggestions that weren’t even crossing my mind. These curve balls of his can sometimes turn out to be brilliant.
The other weekend he simply suggested: “Why don’t we have pasta with shrimp?” And I thought…why not. We rarely have shrimp. But we do love them, especially grilled shrimp with garlic sauce. There was only one “but,” he needed to pick up fresh, cleaned shrimp on Tuesday night on his way home. He replied that this wasn’t a problem.
So that Tuesday I sent my husband a text message to remind him to get cleaned shrimp. And let me tell you something, he is so awesome with everything he’s helping me with that sometimes he leaves me speechless.
He has absolutely no problem with diverting on his commute home from work in the city and stopping by the local grocery store to get ingredients I may have either missed on my grocery missions or to pick up something that we need fresh. For this dish I needed the fresh, cleaned shrimp to make this amazing spaghetti.
I came home and my husband proudly presented me with the shrimp I’d requested. However, when I looked inside the shopping bag I found cooked shrimp….Bummer.
How could I make this delicious pasta for dinner if I have cooked shrimp? My husband looked at me puzzled and said that they look pretty “clean” to him. I needed to explain the difference between cleaned shrimp and cooked shrimp.
So the solution presented itself when my amazing husband simply got back into his car and went to the store to get these cleaned shrimp. There you have it…our weeknight dinner story…:)
Thank God it came out amazing; otherwise his second trip to the supermarket would’ve been totally worthless. This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti was so good that as I draft this post, these pictures still taunt me.
And it is so easy to make. Just season shrimp with salt, pepper and chili. In a saucepan heat up some butter and oil, and add shallots, garlic, shrimp, & wine…and it’s done! See the recipe below for details. If you have little time during the week and want to have this excellent and easy dinner, then I encourage you to give it a try.
- ½ pound of Spaghetti
- 2 tablespoon of ghee or butter
- 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup of dry white wine
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 10-12 medium fresh, cleaned shrimp
- ¼ teaspoon of ancho chili
- 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Boil a large pot of salty water for pasta
- Cook spaghetti according to instructions for al dente
- Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water
- In the meantime, in a skillet, heat up 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Add shallots and cook for 2 minutes
- Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute
- Season shrimp with salt, pepper and ancho chili
- Add shrimp to the skillet and cook on both sides until pink about 2-3 minutes
- Remove the shrimp from the skillet and keep it warm
- Add wine, lemon juice and bring to boil
- Add another tablespoon of butter and olive oil
- Return shrimp to skillet with parsley and some pasta water (add as much pasta water as you want, to create a sauce)
- Stir everything together and adjust seasoning as desired with salt and pepper