Prepare a restaurant quality dish with everyday ingredients. This shrimp scampi dish by the food blog, Honest & Tasty is all about flavor and isn’t strict on measurements and ingredients either. The veggies and portions listed below are pure suggestion to get your inner chef inspired. Throw in broccolini or roasted peppers! Wherever your palate desires!

1 package linguine pasta
1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp, rinsed (if frozen, thaw in a colander by running cold water over the shrimp)
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp paprika
1 head of garlic, cloves chopped in half
½ tsp crushed garlic (mine is from a jar) for extra garlic flavor
one package sliced mushrooms
one package cherry tomatoes, rinsed
3 tbsp butter
juice of 1 whole lemon
4 tbsp heavy cream
1 bunch chopped fresh chives

For the Pasta:
Boil water in a large pot. Add plenty of salt once boiled. Add in pasta and give it a mix. Cook for about 8 min or until just al dente. Don’t overcook the pasta because it will cook a little longer later when combined with the shrimp mixture. Plus, no one likes mushy pasta. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside until ready to combine into the shrimp scampi mixture.

For the scampi:
In a large nonstick pan, mix shrimp and 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Once all the shrimp turn pink, mix in mushrooms, salt, pepper, and paprika. After all the liquid has evaporated (about 5 minutes later) add butter and all the garlic. Saute shrimp for 2 minutes on high heat, mixing occasionally. Add tomatoes and saute for another minute. Turn burner to med-low and mix in heavy cream, lemon juice, pasta, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Turn off burner and mix in chives. Serve and enjoy! Add some extra salt to your own dish if you feel like it would bring out the flavors even more and maybe even some crushed red chili flakes for a little kick.

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This recipe and photo is courtesy of Honest & Tasty, a wholesome food blog about healthy and well-balanced meals. Her recipes are simple, easy to make and some even come with video tutorials! Stay up to date with her food diary through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.