Shrimp Scampi with Capellini
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4 servings
  • Shrimp/jumbo prawns – 16 to 20, peeled and deveined
  • Capellini/ Angel hair pasta – 400 gms
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Unsalted butter – 5 tbsp
  • Garlic – 6 cloves, minced
  • Chilli flakes – 1 tbsp
  • Dry white wine – 1 cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon zest – 1 tsp
  • Flat leaf parsley – ½ cup, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional) – ¼ cup [You can substitute parmesan with any other hard cheese like Monterey Jack or mild cheddar. Mozzarella or processed cheese will not work here. You can even skip the cheese and it will still be delicious, as I myself has tried it without cheese!]
  1. Cook the capellini according to package instructions. Capellini or angel hair pasta is a very thin, long pasta which takes just 2 to 3 minutes to cook in boiling water [Make sure to season the water with good amount of salt]. Once done, drain and rinse with cold water. Let all the water drain out. Then add a teaspoon of olive oil so they don’t stick. Set aside while you prepare the lemon wine sauce for shrimp.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil and add the peeled and deveined shrimps. Fry the shrimps for a minute until they turn pink on both sides.
  3. Next add the minced garlic, chilli flakes and butter. Let the garlic become fragrant and butter melt.
  4. Now deglaze the pan by adding white wine. Let it boil on medium high heat so that most of the alcohol smell boils off. [Try to use a dry white wine as it will have less or no sweetness, else your pasta may turn out to be sweet.]
  5. Next add the lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix everything well. There should be still some liquid left in the pan which will help the capellini absorb all the flavors.
  6. Add the boiled pasta to the pan and give a good stir. The sauce will be almost absorbed by the pasta. Remove from heat.
  7. Garnish your shrimp scampi with fresh parsley and serve capellini with shrimp scampi warm with your favorite wine! Enjoy!
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