Shrimp Scampi With Pasta

The scampo is a hard-shelled crustacean native to the Adriatic Sea. It looks like a small version of the tropical lobster, and its meat tastes a lot like that, too. This is the specific animal to which the dish “shrimp scampi” refers. In other words, shrimp cooked in the same way you’d cook scampi. When white shrimp are in season, this is a great dish to make with them, but any local shrimp will work. If you serve them with pasta, you can use small shrimp.

  • 2 lbs. whole heads-on shrimp, 20-25 count
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3 Tbs. chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 Tbs. softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. (precooked weight) cooked bowtie or shell pasta

1. Peel and devein the shrimp. Rinse the heads and the shells and put them into a saucepan with just enough water to cover, along with the bulb ends of the green onions and the peppercorns. Bring the saucepan to a bare simmer and hold there for about a half-hour. Strain and reserve the stock.

2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. When hot, add the peeled shrimp and cook while agitating the pan (so the shrimp will turn over) until the shrimp are pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan.

3. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, parsley, green onions, and mushrooms to the skillet. Cook about another minute.

4. Add the wine and one cup of the shrimp stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a light sauce consistency, then remove from the heat. Whisk in the softened butter, and add the salt.

5. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook about two minutes more, until firm. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

6. Add the pasta to the pan and toss it around with the sauce and shrimp. Serve garnished with fresh oregano and fresh chopped parsley.

Serves four entrees or six to eight appetizers.

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  1. Bob Clark on September 13, 2017

    May a quantity of the shrimp stock be refrigerated or frozen for later use? Would you reduce it first? How long?

    If you put it in a near-vacuum container, you can freeze stocks for a long time. Reduce it or not–no major effect there. Good idea: fill a plastic ice tray with stock, and pop out a few cubes whenever you need the stock for something.