Shrimp & Bacon Scampi is one of those meals I have come to appreciate during my busiest weeks. With work, track practice, and taking care of home, I find myself with little time to make extravagant dinners. Let me stop playing…I don’t make extravagant dinners, who has time or the energy for that? However, I somewhat feel a little fancy when I make this dish for a week night dinner. I mean, it’s scampi and scampi sounds fancy.
You seriously cannot go wrong with pasta, shrimp, and BACON. The combination of flavors in this dish makes me happy and makes my hubby and daughter ask for seconds. I dare you to have leftovers…you won’t.
If you plan on trying this recipe, I beg of you to please not skip the seasoning of the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning. I don’t know why I ever eat shrimp without it but it makes the shrimp taste so freaking good.
The amount of pasta you decide to add is solely up to you. I generally eyeball it and add anywhere from 8-12 ounces, making sure I don’t add too much to have dry noodles.Some of you may decide not to add any noodles at all and that would be totally fine. But seriously, add the noodles, it’s delicious.
If you find that you want a more saucier dish, add a little white wine or chicken broth (about 1/4 cup) to dish after you add lemon juice.
I intended to have photos of every single step of this dish but somehow my photos were deleted. Insert super sad face here. But I love the recipe so much I decided to post it anyways. Enjoy 🙂
Shrimp & Bacon Scampi
Ingredients: 8-12 oz angel hair pasta 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1.5 tsp old bay seasoning 4 strips thick cut bacon, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 TBSP lemon juice from a fresh lemon 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until al-dente. Drain and set aside. 2. While pasta is cooking, season shrimp with old bay seasoning and set aside. 3. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove cooked bacon and drain on paper towel. Remove bacon grease from skillet, leaving about 2 tbsp in the skillet. 4. Add garlic to skillet, stirring and cooking for about 1 minute. 5. Raise heat to medium-high and add shrimp to skillet. Spread shrimp in pan and cook shrimp until done, when they are pink. About 3 minutes per side. 6. Add lemon juice to pan and stir. (Feel free to add a little white wine or chicken broth to increase the amount of sauce) 7. Add pasta to skillet and toss.Leave it as is or season to taste with salt and pepper. 7. Top with parsley. Enjoy :)