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Basque Country-Style Spaghetti

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  • 1/2 pound thin spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 20 medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. In a large saucepan bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until tender, but still firm (8 to 10 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic, cooking until golden; discard garlic pieces. Add shrimp, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the parsley to skillet and cook 1 to 3 minutes until shrimp turn pink.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Drain spaghetti and add to saucepan. Add Parmesan cheese.
  4. Place in a warmed serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.
  5. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.