Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chef Chuck's Shrimp Scampi


Pasta con gli Scampi


Yesterday, was an exciting adventure, I did another live cooking segment on N.B.C.'s Arizona Midday and had the privilege to have met Conan O'Brien. The show was a lot of fun, I made a Bolognese sauce over fettuccine, served with a vegetable focaccia, salad and some great cream puffs. Everyone ate well. I was inspired to make shrimp scampi by Conan, during our conversation he asked if I make this dish and I replied, yes I do. So here it is!
Scampi are tiny lobsters, also called langoustines. In Italy they are prepared with olive oil, garlic, onions and white wine. Italian chefs, who came to America used shrimp instead of lobster, but kept the name. A must in this recipe is fresh lemons and parsley and of course the freshest shrimp you can find. I used bucatini pasta but you can use any kind.

Shrimp Scampi
1 pound shrimp, peeled, de-veined, tail on

3/4 pound bucatini pasta

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 lemon zest, grated

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon red hot pepper flakes



In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta al dente. Meanwhile in a heavy fry pan over medium heat add butter and olive oil, saute garlic about 1 minute. Add the shrimp, salt and pepper and saute till shrimp turn pink about 4 minutes. Remove from heat add parsley, zest, juice and pepper flakes, toss. Add pasta and mix and serve.

19 comments:

  1. This looks like a great pasta dish, it's so cool that you met Conan!

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  2. Fabulous! My all time favorite meal Chuck.

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  3. Hi Sara, The bucatini is fun to eat! Conan was extremely nice! Thank You

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  4. Hi YankeeSoaper, I am happy to have picked the right one!! Enjoy:)

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  5. I wish that we got that show over here. I could say 'I know him!'
    I love this dish.

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  7. Hi Scintilla, You will be able to see me in action if you just goggle: chef chucks video !!
    Grazie

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  8. How cool is that! Congrats to you Chuck! My husband and I love this dish and bucatini too!

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  9. Thank you Proud Italian Cook, Likewise!!

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  10. mmm.. tasty!! I should cook up the shrimp I have stored in the freezer!!!

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  11. Hi Ash, Take them out of the freezer and enjoy!!
    Thank You

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  12. Mouthwatering! I'm going to check out that video now, Chuck.

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  13. Hi casalba, That video itself will take a few days to process, but there are some other cooking segments that you can check out! Thank You, Enjoy!

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  14. I had no idea, Chuck! I knew from this site that you were an excellent chef, but had absolutely no idea you were on TV too. (We don't get NBC here and I didn't know who Conan O'Brien was. Sorry.) I just watched you make Cannoli and Angel Hair pasta cooked in one pot! Lovely stuff.

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  15. Most of my foodie friends don't know about my tv involvement. But anyway I am very pleased that you enjoyed seeing me. And hope one day to see you!!
    Thank You

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  16. OMG! I have never heard or seen bucatini pasta before. What kind of cook am I ?!?! This looks incredible and Shrimp Scampi is one of the first "adult" dishes I loved eating when I was really young.

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  17. Yes Live.Love.Eat, This pasta is like one long ziti!
    From what I see your a great cook! Glad this dish brings back some childhood memories! I love that:)
    Thank You

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  18. Oh what a blast I bet that was to meet Conan. I love his show as he cracked me up so I am looking forward to him taking over the Tonight Show. Shrimp Scampi and always a pleasing dish and I am sure yours is the best in town.

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  19. Hi Bridgett, Yes it was! He is a very cool, kind guy.
    My next show on NBC will be Shrimp Scampi in April!
    Yumm Delish!!
    Thanks Bridgett

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