Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spinach Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

When I accidentally bought frozen cooked shrimp instead of raw shrimp I was a little bummed out. I have never made any meals with frozen shrimp. So I decided to make a light garlic sauce, add thin ribbons of spinach, and toss the shrimp in the last minute to heat through! Probably one of the best things I have made with shrimp!

2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. white wine or chicken broth
2 c. of fresh spinach, sliced in ribbons
1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp thyme
crushed red pepper (if you like spicy)

2 oz angel hair pasta
8-12 shrimp (raw or pre-cooked)
1 tbsp butter or butter spread
sprinkle of parmiggiano

Heat a pot of water with salt to a boil for the pasta.

Heat up a pan to medium with the olive oil.
Once heated add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add spinach and wilt for about 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth / wine, 1/4 of the juice of the lemon, thyme, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, (add raw shrimp too, if using them). 
Cook for about 5 minutes until the liquid is reduced to barely there.

Add the pasta to the water at the same time as you add the pre-cooked shrimp and butter to the pan.
(If you're using angel hair pasta it will only take about 3 minutes. The same time it takes for the shrimp to heat up with out over cooking.)

Strain pasta and add directly to the pan with the shrimp / spinach. And garnish with the parmiggiano and lemon.

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