Spicy Shrimp Linguini

Now that we are safely in Florida, my desire to cook has skyrocketed! And for some weird reason, my desire to eat pasta is hitting an all-time high as well. Thus, this fabulous recipe was born!

And tested over a game of Settlers of Catan (best game E.V.E.R...or pretty close anyways) and a glass of cranberry juice mixed with seltzer water. I LOVED it, and I think my hubby did as well!

Look at that succulent shrimp! {I don't really think succulent is the right word, but it is an awesome word, and shrimp is awesomely delicious = perfect fit, right!} Ingredients: 1 medium handfull of Linguin Noodles 1 cup Shrimp (cooked is easier, but I used uncooked...it was cheaper!) 2 cloves Garlic 2 tablespoons Flour 1/2 cup Milk 1/3 cup Water Olive Oil Cayenne Pepper Black Pepper Parmesan Cheese Instructions {for the noodles}: 1. Sprinkle a dash of salt into your pot of water to help it boil faster. 2. Once the water is fully boiling, break your noodles in half and place them in the pot. 3. Immediately add a teaspoon or two of olive oil to the pot and stir. This will keep the noodles from sticking together. 4. Once the noodles are soft, drain and fill your bowls. Instructions {for the shrimp}: 1. Pour 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the bottom of a small frying pan and turn on to medium high heat. 2. Press the two cloves of garlic into the pan with the olive oil and add the shrimp. (Note: Shrimp should be defrosted - if your shrimp is precooked, the shrimp will not stay in the pan very long AT ALL! If your shrimp is uncooked, sauté until the shrimp are lightly pink. Be careful, it is easy to over cook the shrimp.) 3. While sautéing the shrimp, add black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. (Note: I added approximately 1 tsp of cayenne pepper...and boy, were my sinus's clear!) 4. Once the shrimp are cooked, remove them from the frying pan and place them in the bowls on the noodles. Try to leave as much sauce as possible in the pan. Instructions {for the sauce}: 1. Start with the sauce from cooking the shrimp, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the pan and let it melt. (Note: Turn the temperature of the stove down to medium) 2. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of flour to the sauce/butter mixture and whisk vigorously. 3. When the flour and sauce are well mixed and bubbling, pour approximately 1/2 cup of milk into the pan. Stir until the mixture becomes thick. (Note: You may need to turn the stove temperature back up.) 4. Once thick, add approximately 1/3 cup of warm water. This will thin out the white sauce a bit and make it not quite so heavy. 5. Pour the sauce generously over the noodles and shrimp. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. ENJOY!

{For a sweeter version of this same pasta, cut the cayenne pepper down to 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon of paprika.}

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Although this dish is spicy, I love, love, loved it! Yummy. Now, after typing this, I want to go make it again! I hope you enjoy it. If you do go try it, I'd love to hear what you thought! Let me know in the comments below. Your comments make my day! <3 Be blessed. <3

The Taylor House