Brown Butter Shrimp Scampi
- serves 4-6
A great seafood and pasta dish coloured with cherry tomatoes and baby spinach.
1 -lb bag frozen shrimp, 16-20 count
2 Tbsp butter
4 clove garlic, thinly sliced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
¼ cup vermouth
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 500 g package your favourite pasta
2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 10-oz package baby spinach
1 pinch salt
1 dash pepper
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook according to the package instructions, then drain, carefully reserving a half cup or so of the hot cooking water.
2. Meanwhile match a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Place it over medium heat, add the butter and begin heating and melting it. Keep a close eye on it as it foams. Swirl it gently, paying attention to the colour. When it turns golden brown and smells delicious its ready. Add the sliced garlic to cool the butter slightly and stop the browning process, continue cooking for just a minute or so longer. Add the red pepper flakes and shrimp and sauté for a minute or so, just to heat the works through. Splash in the vermouth, cover and reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer until the shrimp finishes cooking, about 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in the cream and rest until the pasta is ready.
3. Combine the cooked pasta, the reserved cooking water and the shrimp mixture. Pile in the cherry tomatoes and handfuls of the baby spinach, season with salt and pepper and stir together until the spinach wilts. Dinner is ready, serve and share!