My younger sister’s blow by blow recipe of her amazing shrimp linguini pasta. She’s  precise and detailed in all she does, just like her instructions! EnjoyJ

Serves 2 people


  • shrimps
  • 1 vegetable stock
  • olive oil
  • 2 onions (red)
  • ½ tsp. granulated sugar
  • A pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 20ml ouzo
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • butter
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 lemon zest
  • Grated parmesan
  • Linguine Pasta


  • Defrost the 500gr. of shrimps if not fresh
  • Remove the heads and shells but leave the tail intact for a nicer presentation. To devein, use a small, sharp knife to make a shallow slit along the back side of the shrimp… from the head to the tail…in order to expose the vein…and remove.
  • In a deep pot add 750ml water, 1 vegetable cube and the shrimp heads and tails.
  • Cover pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Do not simmer any longer than this or your stock will become bitter (from the shrimps acidity).
  • When ready, drain the stock into a container and set aside until needed.
  • Place a pan over high heat.
  • Drizzle some olive oil over the shrimp, season with salt and some freshly ground pepper.
  • When your pan gets nice and hot…add the shrimp and saute for 30 seconds on each side
  • Do not cook the shrimp any longer so they can remain soft and juicy.
  • Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Place pan over high heat
  • Coarsely chop an onion…and add it to the pan
  • Add to tbsp. of olive oil, ½ a teaspoon of granulated sugar, a pinch of chili flakes.
  • Thinly slice 1 clove of garlic and add it to the pan, add 20ml of ouzo.
  • While the ouzo evaporates, finely chop 2 ripe tomatoes and add into the pan.
  • Now you can add your stock and pasta. Start mixing and lower heat to medium high.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes while stirring often.
  • When your sauce has thickened, add 50 gr. of butter and mix, the butter will help thicken your sauce further.
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Add the shrimp, finely chop 4-5 basil leaves and sprinkle over the top, thinly slice 1 spring onion and sprinkle, grate the zest of 1 lemon …and mix.
  • Add some grated parmesan and mix again.