Need an idea for dinner? How about a mouthwatering recipe for “Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta”? This dish combines succulent shrimp with a flavorful garlic butter sauce served over a bed of perfectly cooked pasta. It’s a delightful and satisfying meal that will surely impress your guests. Let’s get started!
For the Garlic Butter Shrimp:
- 1 lb (450g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to your spice preference)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
For the Pasta:
- 12 oz (340g) linguine or spaghetti
- Salt for pasta water
- Prepare the Pasta:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
- Cook the Garlic Butter Shrimp:
- In a large skillet or frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1 minute or until the garlic becomes fragrant, but not browned.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and add the shrimp to the pan. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn pink and opaque.
- Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and let it melt, coating the shrimp in the garlic butter sauce.
- Pour in the fresh lemon juice and give it a quick stir.
- Combine the Pasta and Shrimp:
- Add the cooked and drained pasta to the pan with the shrimp.
- Toss the pasta and shrimp together, allowing the garlic butter sauce to coat the pasta evenly. If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to loosen it up.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Transfer the Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta to a serving dish or individual plates.
- Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for added color and flavor.
Your delectable Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta is ready to be served! Enjoy this delicious combination of tender shrimp, buttery garlic sauce, and perfectly cooked pasta. It’s sure to be a hit at any dinner table!
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