A Simple and Elegant Dinner…

Tonight I was having the in-laws over for dinner, but I didn’t want to spend my whole Sunday working on a meal.  To make the decision easier, they prefer a one pot meal instead of an elaborate gourmet showing.  I found a good comprise from my go-to lady, Ina Garten.  I love her style, taste, and everything she does.  I did use less lemon because I tried another one of her recipes before and the lemon was too much for my husband and me.  But this one is a one pot meal, quick, easy, and was delicious–a mother’s dream!

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi
by Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa Family Style

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, zest grated
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)–I only used 1  juicy lemon and it had a lot of flavor
  • 1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes


Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.

When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.



About Susan

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2 Responses to A Simple and Elegant Dinner…

  1. Aaron says:

    As a participant in dinner, I can say, it was delicious ! ! !

  2. Pingback: Quick easy dinner recipes and dinner ideas. » Blog Archive » A Simple and Elegant Dinner…

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