Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

As soon as I buy a new cookbook, first thing I do is to write my name and date on it. I do this not only because I want to be able to remember when I bought the book, but also I want to know how long I have been cooking some of my favorite dishes.

In the case of this Linguine with Shrimp Scampi, I have been cooking it since 2005, which is when I bought Ina’s Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook. It is a fantastic book, full of recipes of some of the classics with “the volume turned up”.

When it comes to trying a new recipe, I always (always!) follow the instructions and make sure that I use the ingredients listed on the recipe. Some people don’t do that which drives me crazy. Because when the result does not looks like the one in the picture or it does not taste as they hoped it would, they blame the author of the recipe. 

I just do not think that it is fair to him or her.

After making it the first time, I’d like to take notes on the pages of the recipe that I made. Notes like what I would do differently or what are some things (usually ingredients) that are crucial to this recipe or could be substituted with something else.

As you can imagine, they are very helpful to get the best results when I make it again in the future.

This Linguine Shrimp Scampi recipe was no exception. When I first made it I thought it was delicious but a little too oily for our taste. I changed the amount of olive oil and butter used in the recipe. Also, the original recipe serves 6 and mine serves 4. I used fresh Linguine but you can definitely use dry Linguine.

Best thing about it is that it is one of those dishes that you can put together in less than 20 minutes. The result is going to be so delicious that your family will not believe you made it after you came home from work. 

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