Today’s weeknight dinner feature is Dawn’s Shrimp Scampi. While traditional scampi contains a lot of butter, this version is lightened up with chicken broth and flavor enhanced with olives! I have two gluten-free suggestions, if needed. Use your favorite gluten-free spaghetti in this recipe, and in place of the multi-grain croutons, use Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten-free Just the Crumbs. With the wave of your hand, creating your favorite salad, you’ll have a wonderful meal for your family in about 40 minutes! Healthy, delicious and joyous eating!
Dawn’s Shrimp Scampi (Recipe courtesy Food Network Kitchens)
- 6 ounces multi-grain spaghetti OR gluten-free variety
- ¼ cup multi-grain croutons, crushed OR Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten-free Just the Crumbs
- ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 ½ tablespoons grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¾ pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 16 large shrimp, 21 to 25 count)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth (gluten-free if needed)
- ¼ dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 6 black pitted and chopped olives such as Kalamata (about 1 tablespoon)
Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
Meanwhile, combine the croutons, ½ tablespoon of the parsley, and 1 tablespoon of the zest in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and red pepper. Cook, stirring until the shallots are soft, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and the salt, and cook, over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until the shrimp are opaque, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the broth, wine, lemon juice, and olives. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, then reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the spaghetti, the remaining 3 tablespoons parsley, and the remaining ½ tablespoon zest, tossing to coat well; remove from the heat.
Transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with the crouton mixture. Serve at once. Serving yield = five cups.