Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pasta, Linguine, Pasta - Yum

By Diane Forrest,

Today is National Linguine Day, although it is commonly misspelled as linguini.  Linguine is a form of pasta.  It is flat, like fettuccine.  It is wider than spaghetti, but not as wide as fettuccine.  Linguine, which means little tongues, originated in Italy.  Linguine alle vongole is a popular dish, it is linguine with clams.

While spaghetti is normally served with meat and tomato sauces, linguine is served with seafood and pesto. 

Since clams are not common here where I live, I usually have shrimp.  The following is a quick and easy recipe for Shrimp Linguine:
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 3/4 c. butter
  • 2 tbsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 cloves or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Melt butter. Mix seasonings together with the butter and pour over shrimp. Broil shrimp 5 minutes on each side. In the meantime, cook the linguini according to package directions.

Mix linguini and cook shrimp combo. Enjoy. Serve with a salad, garlic bread and white wine.
Serves 4.

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