It's nearly Valentine's Day, so I've been busy planning a special dinner for my family. Since this holiday falls during the middle of the week, I wanted to create a dish that's simple, yet calls out romance. Of course, it has to also be kid-friendly and somewhat healthy to balance out our expansive Valentine's Day dessert menu. So I came up with this easy Shrimp Scampi recipe. It has great flavors, but it doesn't take much time to prepare. You can use fresh herbs to bring out more flavor. But to make it a tad more convenient, I used dried parsley. Plus, I am a fan of both fresh and dried herbs. So for me, it's a win win with this Valentine's Day recipe!
In addition to parsley for a garnish, shredded parmesan or shredded asiago cheese make a taster topper. My finicky husband and son have a dislike for cheese (something I'm still wrapping my head around!). But for you fellow cheese lovers, white shredded cheese really enhances the flavors in this Shrimp Scampi dish.
I hope you're cooking up something special for your sweet heart this Valentine's Day. Or maybe you're lucky enough to have someone cooking for you! Here's how I made this Easy Shrimp Scampi recipe:
Ingredients: 1 pound unthawed cooked shrimp with tails removed; 1 pound linguini noodles; 1/4 cup butter; 2 tablespoons olive oil; 1/4 cup lemon juice plus zest of one lemon; 1/2 cup light whipping cream; 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes; 1/2 tsp. garlic salt; 1 clove minced garlic; 1 tsp. oregano; 1 tsp. basil; 2 tablespoons parsley plus 1/2 cup shredded white cheese (parmesan or asiago are my preference) for garnish
Directions: Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Add the linguini noodles. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil along with the shrimp and garlic. Cook shrimp until no longer pink. Add the butter along with the lemon and zest. Stir. Heat for two minutes, or until butter is melted. Turn heat to medium low and add the whipping cream, herbs, and seasonings, except for the parsley. Cook for seven additional minutes, stirring constantly. When noodles are tender, drain and set in a large serving bowl. Add the shrimp and cream mixture in pan to the noodles. Stir to combine. Garnish with parsley.
Hi, I'm Jennifer-the creator of What's Baking, Babycakes? Here you'll find easy to make desserts, frozen treats, healthy salads, and hearty casseroles. I love baking, and spending time with my family and two Papillions! Find out more in the "about section." Happy baking!