This is a great recipe. It is simple to make but boats an exquisite flavor. Spaghetti is perfect for this, although you could use another kind of ribbon pasta, like fettuccine, or even pasta shapes such as penne or rigatoni. Diced tomatoes form the basis of the sauce, and it is nice to use the ones with green chilies, but use the plain ones if that is what you have in the cupboard. Lemon juice, onion, garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes go into the mix as well.
Use medium shrimp for this recipe, either fresh or thawed ones. If you use thawed ones ensure they are well-drained because frozen seafood holds a lot of moisture. Peel the shrimp and remove the veins. They will take about 5 minutes to cook when you have stirred them into the sauce. They will become pink on the outside but they are totally cooked through when they are not only pink on the outside but also opaque on the inside too. Five minutes is an estimate. Do not overcook them else they will become tough.
This is a lovely meal and you can serve it with a simple baby leaf salad if you like, drizzling a touch of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the leaves. Garlic bread is also nice with such a dish, if you do not mind the extra carbs in the meal. If you want to cook spaghetti for dinner but you fancy a change from spaghetti Bolognese, consider this recipe, because it really is delicious, and it is simple to prepare too.
Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti
This recipe includes shrimp, tomatoes, lemon, garlic, and parsley, as well as the al dente spaghetti. The flavor is rich and delicious, and the shrimp come out so juicy.
9 oz uncooked spaghetti
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
4 minced garlic cloves
Salt and black pepper, to taste
5 teaspoons olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
1 diced onion
16 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 lb peeled, uncooked shrimp
? teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Cook the spaghetti following the directions on the package.
While the spaghetti cooks, heat the olive oil in a skillet.
Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
Add the shrimp and lemon juice and cook for another 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.
Stir in the parsley, and add salt and black pepper to taste.
Toss the spaghetti with the shrimp mixture and serve garnished with parmesan.
Spaghetti can be served with all kinds of sauces ranging from creamy ones to herby ones or even spicy sauces. This one is made with tomatoes, lemon, garlic, parsley, shrimp, and more, promising plenty of lovely flavor in every bite. This dish is quick and easy to make, and you can prepare the sauce while the spaghetti is cooking in a second pot. Then you just have to toss the drained spaghetti with the tomato and shrimp sauce. The picture shows how tempting and appealing this dish looks, and it is lovely served with a salad on the side.