“I need a spag drop and a meddy shrimp on the fly!”

Ah, that title brings back memories–tasty ones. Back when I was a starving artist right out of college, I kept myself in rent by working at an Italian chain restaurant. The super-easy recipe below is based on one of my favorite menu items from those days. I haven’t been to that restaurant in so long that I don’t know if they even offer it any more.


Mediterranean Garlic Shrimp
1/2 lb frozen tiny shrimp
3 lemons
2 t butter
1 t olive oil
1 T minced garlic (more or less to taste)
1/2 lb spaghetti, cooked al dente
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
1 T dried parsley
salt & pepper to taste

Thaw and drain shrimp. Slice one lemon horizontally in “wheels”, then juice the other two lemons, removing seeds. Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet, then add garlic. Stirring quickly, add lemon juice and shrimp. Pour all over hot pasta and toss with lemon slices, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Let sit covered for five minutes before serving.

If you want to sneak in some vegetables, feel free to add broccoli, carrots, spinach, etc.

I’ve made this with rice instead of pasta to share at a work lunch for some friends with celiac disease, and it went over pretty well.



About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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