Happy Shrimp Scampi Day!

Spicy Shrimp Scampi

I love food holidays, can you tell? There are so many wonderful things to celebrate, including shrimp scampi! Scampi is traditionally a rich seafood dish loaded with garlic and butter, I lightened things up in this version but added loads of flavor with sweet and hot peppers. I think you'll adore it.

Spicy Shrimp Scampi

8 ounces spaghetti
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined, leave the tails on for a pretty presentation
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup white wine or vermouth
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the butter and oil together in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic and jalapeno and cook 1 minute. Add the shrimp and bell pepper and cook 1 minute, until the vegetables soften and the shrimp start to turn color, stirring frequently. Add the oregano, salt and pepper and stir to coat.  Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Add the broth and simmer 1 minute, until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Transfer the spaghetti to a serving platter and top with the shrimp mixture. Tear the basil leaves over top.

Serves 4