I recently read this post and thought how fun to make shrimp scampi out of spaghetti squash. I needed to make this dish. Though, full confession, my dish is not going to make you skinny. Yes, I used spaghetti squash; but it also includes butter, wine, and cheese (the fun food groups). I had good intentions, but as I roasted my squash my spouse ask if he could help. I said, “Sure, I’m making shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash.” He laughed and said, “Culinary challenge accepted.” Not wanting to ruin his moment (I’m so generous like that!) I sat myself at the island with my glass of wine and watched him make dinner.
- 1 pound large (16-20 count) raw shrimp, shelled* and de-veined, (if you want, keep the tail on for an attractive presentation)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2-3 Tbsp. butter
- 3-4 garlic cloves, slivered, or 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (less or more to taste)
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Green onions
To make the spaghetti squash, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and cut squash right down the middle. Scoop out all the seeds and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan so they can steam. Bake the squash in the oven for 45 minutes, until tender.
Sauté the garlic for just a minute, until it begins to brown at the edges, then add the shrimp. Add the wine and stir to coat the shrimp with the sauce of butter, oil, and wine. Move the shrimp so they are in an even layer in the pan. Increase the heat to high and boil the wine for two to three minutes. Stir the shrimp and arrange them so that you turn them over to cook on the other side. Continue to cook on high heat for another minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Sprinkle the shrimp with parsley, lemon juice, and black pepper, and toss to combine. Remove the skillet from heat and take squash out of the oven. Scrape out all the strands of spaghetti using a fork. Toss green onions with spaghetti squash and shrimp. Bon Appetite!