Welcome to the recipe book, a place where culinary dreams come true. Today, I have a recipe that will transport you to the shores of a Mediterranean paradise: Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta. Picture succulent shrimp, bathed in a velvety garlic butter sauce, embracing a bed of perfectly cooked linguine. It’s a dish that embodies elegance and comfort in every bite. Join me as we embark on a culinary journey filled with tantalizing flavors and aromas that will whisk you away to a world of culinary delight. So, tie your apron and get ready to create a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more. Let’s dive into the recipe and unlock the secrets of this delectable Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta!
8 ounces of linguine or spaghetti
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the linguine or spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Cook the shrimp: In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) and cook for about 1 minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Be careful not to burn it.
Add the shrimp: Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the skillet and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
Prepare the sauce: In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it over medium heat. Stir in the chicken broth or white wine and lemon juice. Cook for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to combine.
Combine the ingredients: Add the cooked pasta and cooked shrimp back into the skillet with the sauce. Toss everything together gently, ensuring the pasta and shrimp are well coated with the garlic butter sauce.
Serve: Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the pasta and shrimp. Give it a final toss. Transfer to serving plates and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy: Serve the garlic butter shrimp pasta while it’s still hot and enjoy!
Note: Feel free to adjust the seasoning and spice levels according to your taste preferences. You can also add some vegetables like cherry tomatoes, spinach, or bell peppers to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of the dish.