This might just be the best shrimp scampi recipe ever. This is a great family-style meal, thanks to the decadent cream sauce, the chewy comfort of the pasta, and the wonderfully aromatic flavors. Serve this alone or with a garden salad. The penne is cooked and drained, and then added to the creamy shrimp mixture.
This recipe features heavy cream and butter, so it is not a diet recipe by any means, but as long as you combine it with healthy side dishes like a green or garden salad, or perhaps some broccoli or string beans, you have the makings of a balanced meal. Something else you could do to give this a more Mediterranean flavor is add half a can of chopped tomatoes or a little tomato juice. That would tint the sauce pink.
Use any kind of wine in this dish – something bone dry like a sauvignon blanc would work, as would something a bit creamier such as a Napa Valley chardonnay. Increase the amount of garlic if you want to. Two cloves is quite modest, unless they are jumbo-sized ones, so throw some more in if you enjoy the taste. The sharpness of the cheddar cuts through the sauce, giving the creaminess some character instead of just being creamy for the sake of it. You could try mozzarella if you prefer that to cheddar, or even some parmesan.
- 2 inches zucchini, in fine strips
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb peeled raw shrimp
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup grated cheddar
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- Salt and black, pepper to taste
- Fresh dill weed, for garnish
- Cook the pasta, following the directions on the package.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and butter together in a skillet over a medium heat.
- Add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
- Add the wine, then turn the heat down a bit and let some of the wine cook off.
- Add the cream and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the zucchini strips and shrimp to the skillet and cook until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.
- This will only take a couple of minutes (and the zucchini will cook fast too).
- Drain the pasta as soon as it is cooked and keep it warm.
- Add the pasta to the skillet with the cheese and stir until coated.
- Serve garnished with fresh dill weed.
This creamy dish is one of the best shrimp scampi recipe ideas to use, if you are looking for meal inspiration. It is incredibly creamy and satisfying and this makes real comfort food. It is also very simple to put together and all the flavors and textures work well with one another. If you want to learn how to cook shrimp scampi then you might wish to give this recipe a go. Swap the butter for olive oil and half of the cream for canned chopped tomatoes if you want to trim some of the fat and calories off, or make it just like the recipe says if you want the ultimate in creamy pasta comfort food.
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