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The basil is going nuts in our garden right now…errr…I should say in our old garden, as we haven’t had a chance to move over the plants to the new house yet.

With basil this fresh and shrimp on sale, the only thing I wanted to make was this very garlicky and very easy dish.

It starts with loads of garlic and onion.

Did I mention this is a garlic-lover’s recipe!?

Saute the onion and garlic over medium-low heat in butter.

After a few minutes, pour in a half-bottle of beer.

Once the beer starts bubbling, add in the shrimp and basil. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cover and let cook for 4 minutes.

And that’s it!

Garlicky Shrimp over Pasta

Serves 4

1 pound dried spaghetti (or other pasta)
1 pound shrimp
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
½ onion, chopped¼ pound butter
½ bottle beer of your choice
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
handful fresh basil leaves

1.    Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions.

2.    While the pasta is cooking, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter and when beginning to bubble, add in the onion and the garlic. Saute for 4 minutes until very fragrant.

3.    Pour in the beer. Turn the heat to medium-high. When the beer begins to bubble, add the shrimp and the fresh basil. Cover and let cook for 4 minutes.

4.    Season with salt, pepper and crushed pepper flakes. Stir and taste sauce – season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve over pasta.