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Chrissy's Butter Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta


Change it up and add something new to your menu! Why keep making the same things over and over again? This savory little dish goes well with a glass of white wine and a slice of garlic bread! This simple recipe sure can be a fan favorite! I get a lot of my friends requesting I make this for them since it is not a typical thing people usually have for dinner. Well we're going to change that with this amazing recipe! Who wants to settle for average or boring when you can make this dish and have extraordinary?


Ingredients:

8 ounces of spaghetti or fettuccine pasta noodles
1 lbs medium or large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 stick of unsalted butter (cut into 3 sections)
2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning 
1/2 Tablespoon Italian Seasioning
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons chopped or dried parsley
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 lemon (juice)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In large skillet add the olive oil, and break the pasta in half. Cook on low- med heat slightly toast the pasta . Using tongs move the pasta around until a slight golden brown starts to appear. Then add the pasta to a pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to the package instructions; take 1/4 cup of your pasta water, then drain well.

In same large skillet add 2 tablespoons of butter and melt over medium to high heat, add 1/2 of the garlic and 1/2 of the parsley, add shrimp and cook until pink roughly 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in a separate glass or metal bowl. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon (juice) over shrimp and give them a quick toss or stir. set aside and let rest. 

In same skillet add remaining butter, melt over medium to high heat, add remaining garlic, and parsley, pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, teaspoon of olive oil, bread crumbs, oregano, salt, pepper, and white wine. Stiring frequently, for roughly 4-5 minutes. Add pasta water to sauce and mix well to incorporate. 

Add the shrimp back into the skillet and fold into the sauce cook 1 minute to warm shrimp back up.

Serve immediately, then just sit back and indulge! 

Pairs well with a side of garlic bread and a glass of white wine :) 

A few additional things you can add right before you add the shrip back in is for color and flavor 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes and/or arugula or fresh spinach leaves. 

Another variation of this if you want it more like an Alfredo sauce is 1 can of Cream of Shrimp soup. Whisk soup in a bowl with 1/2 cup pasta water until smooth and add to your butter sauce....Yumm!  




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