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Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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You can have this elegant, flavorful Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes on the table in under 30 minutes.  The shrimp are sautéed in a lemon garlic butter sauce with crushed red pepper flakes and tossed in a fettuccine with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes // A Cedar Spoon

You might know my style by now. Simple. Quick. Easy.

But I don’t necessarily think that I have to give up on fancy dishes because I want to put dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.  

If I had all the time in the world I would love to make complicated recipes, and someday I might just have the time to do that.

But while I have two toddlers hanging on me while cooking dinner, simple dinners is where it’s at for me.

When I make this Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes I feel like I am eating an elegant, fancy meal without the hours of work.

Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes // A Cedar Spoon

When I saw this recipe in a magazine, I knew I had to make something similar.

This Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes reminds me of this 15 Minute Shrimp Linguine with lemon Garlic Butter Sauce I made in February but a bit more spice and bold flavors from the sun-dried tomatoes.

This is a great meal for date night, a dinner party with friends or if you are like me, a normal night at home.

For this recipe you can use frozen shrimp, just let them sit out on the counter for a bit while you prepare all of your ingredients, and then they should be ready to throw in and cook.

I prefer to buy fresh shrimp whenever possible but frozen definitely works fine and still tastes good.

Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This recipe works in three easy steps: start by sautéing the shrimp in a garlic butter lemon sauce with some crushed red pepper flakes {spice lovers or haters use more or less to your liking}.  

This only takes a few quick minutes and the smell that fills your house is absolutely mouthwatering.  

Set those shrimp aside, add the half cup of white wine {I use sauvignon blanc}, lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and sauté until the spinach is wilted.

Throw back in the cooked pasta, shrimp, some fresh parsley and you have a date-night worthy meal ready in under 30 minutes.

Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes // A Cedar Spoon

Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

You can have this elegant, flavorful Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes on the table in under 3o minutes. The shrimp are sautéed in a lemon garlic butter sauce with crushed red pepper flakes and tossed in a fettuccine with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. fettuccine {or pasta of your choice}, cooked
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled, deveined shrimp, tails removed (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper {more or less depending on spiciness you like}
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine {I used Sauvignon Blanc}
  • 1/3 cup sun-diried tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Garnish:

  • Fresh parsley
  • Lemon zest
  • Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package and set aside once done cooking.
  2. While the pasta is cooking heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 Tablespoons butter and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and stir until the butter melts. Add the minced garlic, crushed red pepper and a dash of salt and pepper and stir until fragrant, about 30-40 seconds.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook, turning occasionally, until pink and opaque, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In the same skillet over medium heat add the white wine and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and let simmer for 1 minute, using a wooden spoon to scape the brown bits off of the pan. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and pasta into the white wine and sauté until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Add the shrimp and fresh parsley and sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan, parsley and lemon zest.

Notes

I like to keep the tails on for presentation but people usually like to remove the tails of the shrimp before cooking.
Feel free to use the pasta of you choice. I think longer pastas, like linguine or fettuccine work best.

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[…] love when pasta dishes are light but loaded with flavor like this Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Cajun Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Shrimp or this One Pot Mediterranean Shrimp […]

Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

I love shrimp scampi! This dish looks great, I've never thought to add sun dried tomatoes to the dish before!

Julia

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

Thanks Sabrina!

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

That's a gorgeous bowl of deliciousness.

Julia

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

Yes it is! Thanks!

Des @ Life's Ambrosia

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Shrimp pasta is one of my favorite things to cook. It is one of our fancy meals too. This version looks fantastic, totally loving the addition of sun dried tomatoes!

Julia

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thanks Des! I love shrimp pasta too.

Erin

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Sun-dried tomatoes pack such powerful flavor! Love them in this shrimp scampi. Delicious.

Julia

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thanks! It does pack a flavorful punch!

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