Dinner for 2: Shrimp Scampi Linguine & Garlic Bread

19 Aug

Sometimes the best dinner parties are made just for two. No not the romantic kind, I’m talking about some much needed girl time. I love inviting a girlfriend over for dinner and watching trashy TV, or talking about boys of course!

To celebrate the Olympics Closing Ceremony, my friend Abigail brought over a bottle of wine and I made us some grub. I decided on a big bowl of shrimp scampi linguine and garlic bread. Total comfort food that I can’t get enough of.

 

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(Serves 2-4 people)

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh chives, chopped
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian bread

Cook linguine in a large pot of boiling water. Add a little oil so the pasta doesn’t stick together. Cook the pasta for 8 to 9 minutes (test it for doneness). Drain the pasta and set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Then add the shallots, 3 cloves of minced garlic and red pepper flakes (use a pinch or two). Sautee until the shallots are translucent, will take about 3 to 4 minutes.

In a bowl, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Then add the shrimp to the pan and cook until they turn pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.

In the skillet pan, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 more tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once everything is melted, add the shrimp and coat with the sauce. Then add the pasta and chives and toss everything together.

To make the garlic bread, preheat oven to 500 degrees. Take 2 cloves of minced garlic and mash together with 4 tablespoons butter. Split open the Italian bread and spread the butter mixture evenly on top. Bake the bread until the butter mixture is melted and the bread is slightly browned.

Get yourself a big heaping of shrimp scampi linguine pasta with grated parmesan and more chopped chives on top. Then add some garlic bread and a glass of white wine and you’re all done.

I always joke with people that the only way I get people to visit my apartment on the Upper East Side is to bribe them with my home cooking. OK so maybe it’s not really a joke! Who wants an invitation?

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