Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

May 15th, 2014

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi 2 better

If you love lemons this is the dish for you.  But it is more than about lemons.  It is about butter, garlic and shrimp in a melange of lemon infused linguine.  I knew that this would be a great dish because it is a Barefoot Contessa recipe. This is even a quick and easy dish if you buy peeled and deveined shrimp.  I think one of the tasks that I hate most is peeling and deveining shrimp.  I once had to peel and devein eight pounds of shrimp for a friend’s birthday party and I thought I would lose my mind long before I finished two hours later.  I’m not sure now how long it really took, but I hated every second of it.  I don’t mind buying peeled and deveined shrimp if I can find them and will gladly pay extra from someone else to do it for me.

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I have made several versions of shrimp and pasta here.  This is my favorite one so far.  The fresh parsley came from some that I planted in the planters on my deck.  I get all of my herbs from a local store called The Hickory Nut.  Sherry, the owner, grows many of her own plants and flowers in a greenhouse close by.  She also has chickens and I get my eggs from her also.  I am lucky to have such quality resources in our small community.

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Spring and summer flowers and herbs make my happy.  So does this recipe.  Enjoy.


Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons

3/4 pound linguine
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 lemon, zest grated
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.

When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.

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12 responses to “Linguine with Shrimp Scampi”

  1. Mary says:

    I love the sound of this one Penny – and it looks so appetizing!
    The Hickory Nut sound like my kind of store – the best things come locally grown, or laid in the case of fresh eggs!

    Hugs – Mary

  2. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    This sounds wonderful. I make something almost the same but I add a splash of white wine.
    The Hickory Nut sounds like a great place.

  3. Susan says:

    My kind of dish! The only other recipe I’ve tried and love is Tyler Florence’s Shrimp Scampi with Linguine. I know Ina’s recipes are just as delicious and foolproof. They look quite similar. I would love to have a place like The Hickory Nut here.

  4. Sam Hoffer says:

    Beautiful dish Penny. Shrimp scampi is one of our favorites too. Wish I lived near Hickory Nut!

  5. Larry says:

    We really like this dish and your version sounds delicious – I’m with you on peeling shrimp.

  6. Barbara Williams says:

    Anything with garlic and lemon goes immediately on my list, Penny. And so agree about peeling shrimp. Can’t imagine how you had the patience to peel 8 pouunds!!
    How fortunate to have such a great store nearby and it appears Sherry has antiques as well!

  7. cheri says:

    The Hickory Nut looks like a wonderful store, we have a store somewhat similar in town but it is very rustic. Love dishes like this, beautiful presentation.

  8. Lemon Tart says:

    This would be a perfect dish for company.


  9. Carla HR says:

    Penny, just made this tonight and I, and most importantly my husband who is not always fond of new recipes, loved it. This is the first time I have commented but just wanted you to know that I am a faithful reader of your blog.

    • Penny Klett says:

      Thank you so much Carla. Your comment means so much to me. We bloggers sometimes get discouraged wondering if what we put out there makes a difference. People like you make it all worth while. You have made me very happy. Glad your husband liked the pasta.

  10. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    What a nice little shop to buy to buy your herbs and eggs from. I know I would enjoy this pasta as I love everything that is lemony.

  11. Sharon says:

    My friend John Martin Taylor just wrote about those drudgy chores like peeling favas or peelin shrimp. He doesn’t mind them. I’m like you, tho, they drive me crazy. And my poor aching back.

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