Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Salt and pepper

1 pound dry pasta (I'm using spaghetti)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter

12 cloves garlic, sliced

2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 cup liquid (I'm using white wine)

2 lemons, juiced

2 tablespoons chile flakes, optional

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt Add the spaghetti, give it a stir and cook until al dente according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil, butter, garlic and a pinch of salt and sweat the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the wine, lemon juice and chile flakes if using and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes.  
  3. Reserve some of the pasta water, then drain the spaghetti. Add the spaghetti and a little of the reserved pasta water to the pan with the shrimp and toss to combine. Toss in the parsley if using and serve.

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