Shrimp Scampi Linguine With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Lemon

Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Lemon

There’s a new guy in my life.   And I’ve fallen in love.  Again.  Another dark brown-eyed, silky smooth haired, cute as a bug Terrier.

Gucci, a Biewer Terrier,  came to visit for a few days and we’re all smitten.  Especially Suzie Q.

Gucci, the Biewer Terrier, and his new favorite girl 🙂

I walked into my youngest daughter’s room to check on our handsome little guest.  He was as snug as a bug in one of my old willow clothes baskets.  My daughter had padded it down with lots of soft, fluffy blankets and set the basket at her feet while she finished her homework.  Gucci barely opened his sleepy eyes when I peeked in her room.  He gave me what I could swear was a half-smile, and then went back to sleep.

Gucci Bear

As you can tell I love dogs.  Actually I love most animals.  Except snakes.  But those aren’t animals.  Thankfully.  And I don’t care for rodents of any kind especially after the squirrel incident.  That’s a long story.

But to make it short… years ago, a very large and wooly, less than friendly squirrel decided I had invaded his portion of the parking lot.  He made that very clear when he started slowly walking toward me, watching me intently with those brown beady and terrifying eyes.  I thought I might be in a Stephen King movie.

No matter how far I ran, he ran after me.  Finally jumping on my leg and scaring me speechless.  Actually, I was screaming.

After doing a little jig and lots of leg shaking around my side of the parking lot, the less than friendly squirrel decided I was too much trouble and let go of my pant leg.  I can truly say this squirrel incident was one of the most horrific animal experiences of my life.

Although I may need to re-think “most horrific”.  I’ve been bitten on the bum by my pet pig, bucked off my horse into a ditch (because she wanted to chase the hay truck),  had a little standoff on my front porch with a cantankerous raccoon and the ONE camping trip my family took when I was a child, ended after the first day.  Yes…a bear attacked our camp.  I should have known early on that my love of animals came with a price.

Maybe that’s why I only have dogs.  Though I’d love a miniature donkey.  And I’ve been rallying the Bennett Crew for a chicken coop.  Ranger Craig is always telling me I need to live on a farm.  One day. 🙂

You may be wondering how in the heck is she going to bring this post back to the subject of food?  I’ll show you a picture.

Shrimp Scampi Linguine... a perfect spring meal!

I whipped up this little dish while Gucci was visiting. I had gone a little nuts with the cherry tomatoes and decided to roast the last two pints for a lovely pasta dish.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

What could be more delicious with roasted cherry tomatoes than fresh basil, lemon and shrimp scampi.  All ladled beautifully over linguine.  A perfect spring meal!

For more information about our adorable little Gucci and Biewer Terriers check out my friends website:

Spicy Shrimp Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Lemon


Serves 4-6

1 lb linguine, cooked according to package directions

1 lb shrimp, larger size,  peeled and de-veined (preferably fresh and not farm raised as the farm raised can be mushy)

2 pints cherry tomatoes

1 bunch fresh basil, chiffinade (cut into ribbons) Or hand torn

3 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 lemon, zested and juiced

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ pint heavy cream

¼ cup white wine

½ teaspoon roasted red chili paste (Thai Kitchen) or a good pinch red pepper flakes or even a good splash of Sriracha hot sauce will do the trick.


Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Drizzle the tomatoes with a tablespoon or two of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet  and roast in the oven until wilted, about 10 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and set aside.

To prepare the shrimp:  Heat a skillet on medium high heat and add two tablespoons of oil.  Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar, to aid in carmelization.

As soon as the oil is hot but not smoking, add the shrimp in a single layer.

If your pan isn’t large enough you may need  cook your shrimp in two batches.  Let the shrimp cook on one side and then flip them to cook on the other side.  You’re looking for some nice golden brown color on your shrimp.  Total cook time should be about 2-4 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp.  Once the shrimp are done, remove to a plate or bowl and reserve.

To prepare the sauce:  In a sauce pan or cleaned skillet, add the butter to the pan over medium high heat.  Once the butter is frothy add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.  Then whisk in the white wine and heavy cream.  Turn the heat down to medium and let the sauce simmer to thicken a bit.  Don’t worry if the sauce doesn’t look thick and creamy.  This is a “lightly” sauced pasta dish allowing the flavors of the ingredients to shine through.

Whisk in the chili paste or sriracha, lemon juice and zest and take the pan off the heat. Taste for salt and pepper.

Fold in the fresh basil and toss the sauce with the pasta.

Before serving, lightly toss the pasta with the shrimp and tomatoes and add one more drizzle of really good olive oil if desired.

Garnish with fresh chopped basil and shredded parmesan.  Enjoy!



  1. I just love pasta and this recipe looks fabulous…and the little dog…so cute, Have a great weekend:)

  2. Wow! That pasta looks YUMMY!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely cook this when I get back one next week.
    I LOVE pasta! You deserve to have a wonderful and adorable puppy! 🙂

  3. That honestly looks like one of the best shrimp scampi recipes I have ever seen! So many bright beautiful colours. I’m sorry about all your tragic animal incidents! Hopefully this new family member will fit right in!

  4. peasepudding says:

    He is far too cute! Love the pasta too, looks delicious and it’s. Of easy to ,are
    Asta dishes look good so well done.

  5. Love your cute furry visitor. He looks so at home with your daughter, not to mention the tasty tidbits I’m sure he enjoyed in your home. The roasted cherry tomatoes look gorgeous, I have some lovelies sitting on my bench too waiting to be re-incarnated into something scrumptious. The scampi look so tasty, defintiley a perfect springtime dish.

    • Thank you! I’m in love with cherry tomatoes and can’t seem to ever keep enough on hand. LOL! They seem to end up in everything from omelettes to sauces and over fish. Just one of my many obsessions. 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend!

      • Such a great obsession to have, far healthier than my obsession with cheese at the moment!

      • Haha! Oh I love a good cheese too! I’ve had a long going love affair with a Smoked Bleu Cheese from Oregon and a Morbier from France. Not too mention a good stinky Brie. LOL! I say lets all eat cheese. 🙂

  6. I love shrimp scampi and this looks amazing!

  7. The pasta looks so good! And I could not help but find your squirrel story funny. So glad he moved on. I did not know squirrels attack people. Years ago I lived in NYC and those hard core city squirrels were friendly. LOL! I will be aware of squirrels now! 🙂 The doggie is so cute. I love dogs. I have 3 and have been a doggie mommy for 15 years. Anyway, great post as the food and the story were entertaining.

    • Thank you! And it really was funny, especially thinking back to how crazy I must have looked dancing around a parking lot with a squirrel on my leg. LOL! We were living in Boston at the time and had taken our little girl to the park. A scary park day! And we love our dogs too! What kind of pups do you have? We’ve always had terriers and always at least two. But our big boy who was 12 passed away last year. 😦 He was an Airedale and truly the best dog I’ve ever had. Now we just have Tank, the Cairn Terrier, and then Gucci comes to visit on occasion.

      • Terriers are such wonder dogs, so I think that is awesome you have them. I have a Jack Russell Terrier who is so full of energy, as he lights up our house. He and my Maltese are 9 years old. My oldest doggie is an English Bulldog mix. He is 15 years old so he is going strong. I am sorry to hear about your big boy passing away. I often worry that my big guy’s day will come. But he is hanging in there with some of his hearing going and a little arthritis. I think the little dogs keep him young! LOL!

      • Your dogs sound adorable!! And the English Bulldog sounds like a love. I love English Bulldogs, or for that matter, all smushed face dogs! 🙂 I had a pug once upon a time. So darn cute!

      • Thanks!! A pug, those are so cute.

  8. Shrimp Scampi is one of my favorite dishes, but you’ve definitely amped up the flavors in this amazing recipe. I can’t wait to try this out very soon. Wonderful blog 🙂

  9. Beautiful photo – I love the colors and this sounds fantastic! Mmmm pasta … love it! Wow … crazy squirrel … I never heard of such a thing I’d be screaming too!

    • Thanks so much! It’s one of my favorite light pasta dishes. And yes, a crazy squirrel indeed! I’d never heard of such a thing until it actually happened. I am not a fan of squirrels to say the least. 🙂

  10. what a cute ‘puppy’! I love this recipe, perfect combination of flavours 🙂

  11. The pup is too precious for words – as cute as a button – why is he only visiting though – are your puppy sitting?
    Fantastic recipe! Such lovely flavours.
    🙂 Mandy

  12. Great minds think alike! We both posted a shrimp and basil recipe today. Just from different ethnic regions. That little pooch is so cute. My teenage boys is begging for a dog so hoping he is not looking over my shoulder as I read your post. Take care, BAM

    • Love your shrimp post BAM! And yes, I do believe great minds think alike. 🙂 We love our Tank (Cairn Terrier), and it’s so much fun to have Gucci the puppy come visit. My two girls love dogs too.

  13. Such beautiful colors on your plate – this looks delicious! I love the addition of lemon.

    • Thank you! I LOVE lemon. It seems to add the extra spark to a dish. And two of my favorite flavors together are basil and lemon. Another favorite is a roasted red new potatoes with fresh basil and lemon. Yum!

  14. This could have easily been 2 posts as the material of both stories was awesome! That dog is so cute I want to talk to him. The pasta…STARVING!

    • LOL! Thank you Michael! Our little friend is visiting again today. He’s currently being smothered with love by my youngest. And I swear, that puppy can talk. I’ll tell him you said “hey”.:)

      The pasta is one of my faves and I didn’t mention this but I serve it with Jovial Brand Brown Rice Linguine. The other brand we love is Bionature Gluten Free Linguine. I think Whole Foods carries both brands. Enjoy!

  15. The infamous squirrel story!! So glad you shared this with the rest of the world. Again, my sympathy for enduring such a traumatic moment. We laugh a little at your humorous depiction of the event, but I know firsthand how frightening it is to be attacked by any animal — rabid or domesticated.

    Mmm . . . you have me craving pasta. I cannot say it enough; your posts are done so, so well, Karista. And I love LOVE that you are sharing a little bit about what’s going on outside of the kitchen, too. Your daughter is beautiful and that dog, oh, the sweet pup . . . *heart melts*

    Hope you are having a fantastic week, my friend!

    • Thought you’d like to see my squirrel story show up in a post. 🙂 I have a few more wildly crazy animal stories I’ll have to share down the road. A friend who is a writer recommended the book by Anne Lammot, Bird by Bird. Wow! It’s amazing. One of the best books about writing I’ve read so far.

      And you are so kind to shower me with such lovely compliments! Coming from you, I feel honored. Wishing you a fabulous week as well my friend!! Hugs!

  16. Love the roasted tomatoes – they look so delicious and I’m sure add a whole level of flavor to the dish. Which looks utterly fantastic, by the way! And your doggie guest is adorable!

    • Thanks Bill! I am over the moon crazy for roasted tomatoes. They’re great on everything. And our little guest is back again today hangin out with his favorite gal. 🙂

  17. Wow Karista–this sounds delicious!!!

  18. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

  19. Jodi Boatright says:

    Karista, you are so hilarious! Jan’s pups are SO CUTE!

    Would this dish work with chicken? It sounds yummy, but Ken is allergic to shrimp 😦

  20. I was laughing at your squirrel story – sorry! I think the ones in my back yard are a mennace to my potted plants so no love lost there. Your shrimp dish looks amazing as always – perfect for Spring!

    • Oh no worries Danny… everyone else in the parking lot was laughing as well. Not to mention the many who have heard this story. I still laugh about it myself!


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