Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of the world’s most simple, yet classic pasta dishes. The addition of seared shrimp just takes it to an even better place. This dish is a well-worthy additional to any quick, weeknight meal list you might be keeping.
Fill a medium sauce pot half way up with water and add about a tablespoon of salt and place on a stove over medium-high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, place in the noodles and cook until just al dente.
In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter and cook until the butter has completely melted and has become white and frothy.
Pat the shrimp dry and season each side with salt. Place the shrimp in the pan and sear on each side until golden brown, about 1 ½-2 minutes per side. Remove shrimp from heat.
Add the remaining oil to the pan and lower the heat to medium-low. Add the garlic and the chili flake and cook just until the garlic starts to lightly toast and turn slightly golden brown.
Add the lemon juice, the pasta, the shrimp, and the parsley and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the pasta seems too dry, add additional olive oil as desired.