Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta

21 Jul

Here is a recipe perfect for a week night and a cool crisp glass of white wine!  I recently found this recipe and loved it, as I do with most of Melissa d’Arabian’s recipes.  It has a nice balance of citrus and heat, of course you can alter any measurements you want, but this recipe is a good starting point.  Feel free to add in fresh vegetables as you like too…it’s great for those “farmers market” pasta nights that seem to happen often in my house this time of year!





Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta


  • 6 garliccloves, pressed or grated
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher saltand freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound medium shrimp(21 to 25), peeled, deveined and butterflied (reserve shells)
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3/4 pound thin linguini
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small bunch parsley, leaves chopped


In a bowl, combine the garlic, zest and juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste, and the shrimp. Set aside.

 Meanwhile make a quick shrimp stock: In a small pot, over medium heat, add the shrimp shells and onion. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl and discard the shells and the onion.

 Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add a generous amount of salt. Add the linguini and cook until just tender, 2 minutes less than instructed on the package. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water.

 Heat a skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink and start to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan to a plate and add the remaining marinade. Let cook a few minutes then add about 1 cup of shrimp stock and about 1/2 cup pasta water. Continue to cook until sauce reduces by half. Add the zest and juice of the remaining lemon, the butter and the parsley and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste. Add in the shrimp and pasta and toss to combine with the sauce. Turn out into a serving bowl and serve immediately.


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