Cheesecake Factory Style Shrimp Scampi

cheesecake-factoryHave I mentioned I am a fan of The Big Bang Theory? Ever since season one, there has been one thing that has always bothered me. Penny’s waitress job at the Cheesecake Factory. Have you ever eaten at the Cheesecake Factory? It’s not a brightly lit diner with a simple bar. It’s nothing like the Big Bang’s Cheesecake Factory. So it has always bothered me – how can they get away with calling her place of employment the Cheesecake Factory? The two aren’t even close! Just saying.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at a Cheesecake Factory, treat yourself and do so. Pricey? Yeah. Great atmosphere, very classy and awesome food. The Cheesecake Factory is so much more than Cheesecake.

Cheesecake Factory Style Shrimp Scampi
1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp, butterflied
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 package angel hair pasta

Toss shrimp in baking soda and salt mixture. Leave in fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Bring a pot of water to a boil for pasta.

Make the cream sauce.

Cream Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup white wine
4-5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 red onion, diced
1 plum tomato, diced
1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

Add white wine and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and add garlic. Stir occasionally, letting the sauce reduce, for about 8 to 10 minutes.

While sauce is reducing, make Parmesan Breading, then continue with sauce.

Add the heavy cream, stir and bring the sauce to a simmer. Add the onion, stir and let the sauce simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomato, basil and Parmesan, stirring to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep Warm.

Cook angel hair pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. Keep warm.

Parmesan Breading
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl. Coat shrimp in breading.

When sauce is almost finished, cook shrimp and pasta.

Warm olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Use tongs to place the shrimp in the skillet. Cook shrimp, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until it’s curled up and is pink and white, not gray or translucent anymore. Place on a plate lined with paper towels. Keep warm.

Divide angel hair pasta among plates. Top with shrimp and cream sauce. Garnish with additional Parmesan and basil if you’d like.

Serve with a nice toss salad and warm bread.

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