June 04, 2012

Recipes From The Road- Garlic Shrimp w/Spaghetti

One of our favorite dishes to make for a special occasion is shrimp sautéed with olive oil and garlic, served over spaghetti. This is a super easy to make meal that takes all of 15 minutes, but tastes super gourmet, especially when served with a chilled bottle of Chardonnay. I’m sure there are lots of ways to make this meal, but the way we like to make it is like this:

You buy a pound of fresh raw shrimp. We have found some very reasonable prices on shrimp here on the West Coast, usually in the 5 dollar range for a pound. Taking into account the super low cost of spaghetti and the almost no cost of garlic and olive oil, this meal ends up costing well under $10 for the both of us.
Get a pot of water boiling for your spaghetti. While that is going, you warm up a hefty amount of olive oil in a deep skillet, while cutting up garlic cloves into small slivers.

Slice the garlic into slivers
When the oil is hot, add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, or until you start smelling the wonderful smell of cooking garlic in the air. Add the raw shrimp and stir.

Add the raw shrimp to the olive oil and garlic skillet
The shrimp will cook up pretty quickly, and need to be stirred often. As the shrimp are turning pink, add fresh parsley (or dried parsley in a pinch), and salt and pepper to taste. I prefer to add garlic salt, as I really like the garlicky flavor.

Add parsley
Boil your spaghetti. When it is al dente, and the shrimp are all cooked, add the drained spaghetti to the shrimp skillet and mix everything together.

Linguine or Spaghetti works well for this dish
Viola, you have an amazing dish that took only 15 minutes to make! Serve with wine and home backed garlic bread for an extra touch.

Happy cooking!


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  1. It was a very good last supper dish!!!!

  2. Great dish. Thank you Masha for cooking it. I still miss butter in that recipe... :-)