It’s really simple. You can always alter the ingredients as you wish. In fact, I have to make two different batches, as my daughters have not reached our spicy level yet.
Mince garlic – you can never have enough garlic.
Slice up one onion, and two beautiful, crisp, red bell peppers (you can use yellow, and orange too – so pretty).
Peel the shrimp, devein them, and if they’re huge like the ones I used below, you can slice them in half.
Cook the linguini per the package, while you saute everything, and set aside. For our family I usually use about half a package. Then I have leftovers for my husband to take to work, and enough for lunch for a couple days too.
I use a wok, but you can use a large 12″ sauté pan, over medium-high heat. Begin with at least 2-3 tablespoons of delicious, garlic flavored olive oil. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes. How much depends on how spicy you like it. For those on the mild side, just one or two shakes will do it. For those of us who love it hot, five-to-six shakes will keep it nice. Then add freshly ground salt and pepper to the mix, and add the garlic.
Cook the garlic for a couple minutes, then add the onions. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes and then add the bell peppers, and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
Add the shrimp, and cook until they turn pink.
When the shrimp are pink, add the linguini.
If there isn’t enough olive oil, add some. Give it another 3-5 minutes and taste the dish to see if you would like more salt, and pepper. The red pepper heat usually hits your senses after you’ve taken the bite. Like a glorious, after taste party. If it’s not spicy enough, a couple shakes of the red pepper and you’re done.
I love this dish because the ingredients are delicious, the method is easy, and you don’t have to be an expert at anything, except how it tastes to you. If you don’t like shrimp, no problem, add a bit of sausage, or omit the meat and add more bell peppers, and veggies you do like. There aren’t any rules, or specific measurements, just enjoy!
Dude. I believe it when Remy’s idol Gusteau says, “Anyone can cook!”
Spicy Linguini with Shrimp, Bell Peppers, Onions and Garlic
2-3 Tbsp garlic flavored olive oil
7 cloves of garlic (more or less based on what you like – but the garlic makes this dish)
2 teaspoons red pepper (more or less depending on you)
1-2 tsp salt (more depending on your taste)
2-3 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 onion sliced (or julienne if you prefer)
2 red bell peppers sliced (julienne)
1/2 to 1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, rinsed
8 oz linguini, cook according to package instructions