July 22, 2009

spaghetti with garlic shrimp

I had a dentist appointment this afternoon. You have to understand that, despite the fact that my dentist is one of the gentlest professionals you will ever meet, I really despise going to the dentist for any reason, even a cleaning, and this visit was far from that.

You see, I have been unable to chew on my right side for the better part of a week and was putting off visiting my dentist, hoping that the pain would somehow go away by itself even though I suspected that I had cracked my molar. When my jaw started hurting from the lopsided chewing I finally capitulated and made an appointment. Turns out I was right about the molar and I had to have some reconstructive work done with likely more to come.

You can imagine, then, that when I got home I was not in the best of moods but I was starving and I craved comfort food. That's when I spied the shrimp in the freezer and I knew exactly what I was going to make - garlicky shrimp tossed with spaghetti and fresh parsley.

This is absolutely a family favourite and it just doesn't get any easier or any tastier than this. Unfortunately I made this dish so quickly (and it disappeared just as fast) that I didn't have time to take many photos but suffice it to say that the photo doesn't quite do it justice!

Pam of Sidewalk Shoes is hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week - the roundup will be posted on Friday. After you've taken in all the wonderful pasta dishes, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to wander around her lovely blog.

Spaghetti with Garlic Shrimp
Serves 4

320gr (11oz) spaghetti
20 large shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
pinch of pepperoncino or hot pepper flakes (optional)
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp white wine
2 tbsp chopped parsley

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking heat olive oil, garlic and pepperoncino or hot pepper flakes in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When garlic is fragrant add shrimp and cook until golden brown on one side then add white wine to the pan, flip shrimp to cook on the other side and remove from heat immediately. Cover skillet and allow the residual heat of the pan to finish cooking the shrimp.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it directly to the skillet containing the shrimp. Add chopped parsley and toss. Serve immediately.


  1. Yummy! Your poor tooth! You have to go for laughing gas, it is the best! I try to convince my dentisit I need it for routine cleanings...

  2. I don't think anyone really LIKES going to the dentist. I'm sorry you had such an unfortunate experience! At least the pasta looks amazing.

  3. Oh man, what a bummer. I haven't been to the dentist in 10 years, totally chicken about it. But I brush and floss a ton in hopes that I can get away with not going :) That is definitely comfort food!

  4. I have to say- we don't mind going to the dentist. In fact, my kids actually look forward to it- amazing what a little junk prize will do! I'm not a big shrimp fan, but everyone else here would like this dish. Stopping by from PPN.

  5. Oh, I hate the dentist so I have lots of sympathy for you. Great entry for PPN.

  6. I love a light delicious pasta anytime. This is it.

  7. Thank you all for your concern. My tooth is doing much better, thank goodness. Now if I could just stop grinding my teeth while I sleep I could save myself a lot of money and agony! I see a mouthguard in my future - yuck.

  8. Sorry to hear about your dentist visit. Hope everything will be okay! Garlic shrimp is one of my favourite ways to cook shrimp. It's simple, yet so flavourful!