Dinner for 4 with Linguine with Shrimp and Green Onions
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Creamy perfect winter-into-spring pasta dish, Linguine with Shrimp and Green Onions, perfect to serve at any dinner party!
Dinner invitations are tricky, yes. But they don’t have to be complicated. Sometimes they just require a little thought about who you’re in the mood to gather with, or who you want to connect with. Which reminds me of last Friday night.
My husband and I have a couple in our lives whom we really love “one-on-one” time with. We feel that it’s more intimate and our conversation goes deeper when it’s just the 4 of us.
Large or small.
Some people do better with larger groups, and some with smaller. My husband and I purposely invite others over for dinner because we need our friends! Around our table we discuss the real stuff of life: compassion, courage, perspective, insight, and love. We try to talk “less” about people, and “more” about how to make the world a better place. Of course we’re not perfect, but we do have a purpose for getting together.
Life is always offering itself to us, but we have to be available and open to receive it–which is why I believe entertaining is important.
Introverts or extroverts.
Maybe it has to do with our personalities, whether we prefer a large or small group to dine with, which is a subject I’ve started diving in to lately. What is it about our personalities with entertaining–all of us introverts and extroverts–and do our personalities have anything to do with the size of group we like to host, or who we like to invite?
My hand is raised!
I say it makes a big difference.
Linguine with Shrimp and Green Onions.
Whatever your personality today, this recipe I’m sharing today is so yummy–easy for 4, perfect for 2, and great to double for 8. Most everyone loves shrimp, ask a guest to bring a salad or bread.
I used an organic whole wheat linguine made by DeLallo. And the white wine and whipping cream reduced to a delicious creamy sauce … oh, boy!
Served in my Le Creuset Braiser … garnished with green onions.
The sun was my best friend as I was cooking in my kitchen, and also at sunset. :)
Wah-lah! An easy meal for a lovely gathering.
What’s the magical number of guests that works best for your personality style of entertaining?
Linguine with Shrimp and Green Onions
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 5 or 6 green onions, thinly sliced to make 1 cup
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
- About 1 tsp. kosher salt
- About 1 tsp. pepper
- 12-14 ounces linguine pasta, I use DeLallo brand
- 1.5 pounds raw peeled, deveined large shrimp
- Melt butter in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add minced shallot and 3/4 cup green onions and cook, stirring often, until softened and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the wine, increasing heat to medium-high, and cook down until nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in the cream, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until cream is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions until just tender, about 8 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain pasta.
- Add the shrimp to cream sauce, increasing heat to medium, and cooking shrimp just until pink, 4-5 minutes. Add pasta to frying pan and gently mix together. Stir in reserved pasta water (mixture will be soupy, then thicken as it stands) and toss in the rest of the green onions. Add more salt and pepper if you like.
- Serve right away!
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