What’s Cooking Wednesday: Linguine agli Scampi

Last week I teased your tastebuds by suggesting that maybe P’s linguine agli scampi would be this week’s What’s Cooking Wednesday featured dish.

And here we are.

This is a very easy recipe and looks pretty classy when it’s all finished too–as well it should for the price of prawns these days. And probably all days, but I only know about these, so I’m limiting the generalization.

Linguine agli scampi (Linguine with prawns)
(serves 4-6)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 whole, peeled cloves garlic
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 20 prawns
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • peperoncino to taste
  • linguine
  • salted water to boil linguine

1. As this sauce only takes about a half hour from start to finish, go ahead and put your water on for the linguine before you start doing anything else. Wash and cut tomatoes in half and put aside.

2. Put the olive oil in a pan on medium heat and sautรฉ garlic until just turning light golden brown.

3. Now here it gets a little complicated. Put everything else in the pan. Yes, add the tomatoes, prawns, wine, salt, peperoncino, and most of the parsley (save some to garnish).

4. Cover and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

As you can see, we cook the prawns as they are, heads and all. If you’d rather shell them first, by all means, snap off their heads, devein if you must (shouldn’t that really be a hyphenated word?), and get on with it. The recipe is still going to go pretty much the same, but be careful not to overcook the fish (thereby completely losing your prawns in the sauce).

5. So while the sauce is just about ready, drop your linguine in the boiling water and cook till al dente. In the meantime, take the prawns from the pan and put aside. When the linguine is done, add it to the pan (the sauce will be thin) and mix well.

6. Serve each dish with a few prawns and fresh parsley on top.

Buon appetito!


11 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s Cooking Wednesday: Linguine agli Scampi”
  1. Laurie

    Yummy. I am going to make it right now…..

  2. Christine

    You know, I just NEVER see whole shrimp in the grocery stores around here in Thriladelphia. I could probably find them at the Italian Market fish shops…hmm…maybe Sunday dinner? Me thinks yes. Now, will the boyfriend be weirded out by being served whole prawns? Time will tell.

  3. sognatrice

    Laurie, please don’t tell me you had prawns lying around the house! That’s far too Martha for the likes of this recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Christine, now that you mention it, I don’t remember seeing them much in Philly either. Where *do* they put all those heads then? Anyway, I like them whole b/c it sort of, a little bit makes me feel like I’m eating lobster. You know, just…mini.

  4. Karen

    This looks sooooo good. It reminds me though of an experience I had in a Vietnamese restaurant here in Ottawa. Another patron ordered noodles with prawns and was so disgusted when the very large prawn arrived whole (antennae and all) that she sent it back and couldn’t eat anything else. I, on the other hand, also like to pretend that it is an itty-bitty lobster.

  5. Giulia

    There’s just something so strange about your food looking back at you… those beady little eyes!
    I’m sure those heads (and all the goods inside) give the sauce so much more flavor though.
    Looks delicious!

  6. The Other Girl

    Oh, that looks fantastic.

    I often see prawns with the head on (and actually I prefer to cook them that way because you get more flavor), but I have never seen them with the claws on. But they’re cute that way! They look like little aliens. Little delicious aliens.

  7. Shan

    I’ll just have to take your word on how delicious this dish is. Michael has a fatal shellfish allergy. I craved shrimp like crazy when I was pregnant with the girls and couldn’t eat it.

  8. Laurie

    Well, they were gamberoni not scampi – we overbought for new years and they were defrosting – so I would have cooked them anyway (or my husband, as he is the “fish cook” in the house). So it was serendipitous to discover your recipe, which came out perfectly. AND totally impressed hubby! (I am SO not Martha!!!)
    more recipes, please….??

  9. Judith in Umbria

    I have a package of them in the freezer. That’s pretty much how I can get them if I don’t drive to the sea. I am seriously jealous oif those views in the later post, so I am guessing you get these fresh?
    This recipe breaks the “less than 10 mins or more than 2 hours” rule we were all taught about tomatoes… so it works, eh?

  10. sognatrice

    Yes, ladies, you definitely do get more flavor if you keep the heads on these “little delicious aliens.” I like that ๐Ÿ™‚

    But, no, shellfish allergies and prawns should never mix. Shan, I’m so sorry you had to do without shrimp, especially while craving them. Sad, sad.

    Laurie, I’m so happy it turned out so well! More recipes weekly!

    Judith, although we get a lot of seafood fresh, I got these little guys frozen the morning before–on sale for just 5 euro for about 20 of them! One of the best things about living here, though, is that even their frozen food is pretty good. It’s quite amazing, isn’t it?

    As for the pomodori, we in Calabria believe in breaking rules apparently ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although I suppose it depends on your taste, too, and how much you like the rawness cooked out of your tomatoes. But yes, this recipe works for me with the tomatoes cooking for just about a half hour. Obviously taste testing is required ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. jaci-

    hey again its been a loong time,
    i love them ; both swimming and eating, but dont know how to tackle them when im in a restaurant and i always avoid ordering this dish, so tasty anyway i buy the fish without the heads and frilly bits on, guess im missing out then!

    Ciao Jaci! Nice to see you again ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re really easy to handle once you get the hang of it actually–I used to be afraid to order them too ๐Ÿ™‚



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