Today's recipe is one of our all time favorites - we both love pasta and seafood, so Shrimp Scampi has become a staple in our house. We did lighten it up, as traditional Shrimp Scampi is loaded with LOTS of butter and oil, and we also used whole wheat pasta to create a healthier, heartier version.
Shrimp Scampi Ingredients
- 1 pound large shrimp, with the tails removed
- 1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper (more or less to taste, depending on how spicy you like your food, we like heat!)
- 1 bell pepper, chopped (we used red, you can use whatever color you prefer)
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Parmesan cheese, to taste
Shrimp Scampi Directions
- Add olive oil and crushed red pepper to a large saute pan. Heat over medium-high heat until oil gets hot. (If you don't know how to test if oil is hot enough, get a drop of water on your finger and flick it into the pan, if it crackles back at you, the oil is hot enough.) While you're heating your oil, bring a large pot full of water to a boil for your spaghetti. Once the water is boiling, cook your spaghetti (or other pasta of choice) according to package directions.
- Once the oil is hot, add the black pepper, bell peppers and onions to the oil/crushed red pepper in your saute pan.
- Stirring a few times, continue to cook the peppers and onions until the onions begin to turn translucent, then add your shrimp.
- Allow the shrimp to cook, stirring no more than 3 or 4 times. The shrimp will begin to turn a pink color and the tails will start to curl. Once they're completely pink, they're fully cooked.
- Add your lemon juice to deglaze the pan, as well as the remaining dry spices and butter. Turn off the heat.
- Stir until completely combined, toss with your pasta, and serve immediately. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired.
We hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Let us know if you make, we'd love to hear how your version turned out!