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Pasta, Garlic, and 'Whatever"

linguini, cooked and drained
fresh mushrooms
fresh summer crooked neck squash, optional
fresh or frozen shrimp
fresh broccoli florettes, optional
light olive oil
1 large clove minced fresh garlic or more
salt & pepper

There are no specific amounts for the ingredients. Just use your
judgement for however many people you're going to serve. I'm going
to provide "guess-ti-mate" amounts to use for one person:

Cook and drain a handful of linquini for one person.

While linguini water is coming to boil, and pasta is ultimately
cooking, slice off the very bottom of about 8 mushroom stems
(discard) and if fairly large, cut the mushrooms in two and set
aside. Peel and clean 6 or 8 fresh or thawed medium shrimp (for
one person) and set aside. Cut the squash into bite-size pieces
and place into a microwave safe container, use pepper, cover it
and nuke for 1 minute. Set the covered, cooked squash aside to
continue steaming while you finish the dish. Mince a large clove
of fresh garlic and set aside. If using fresh broccoli, cut a
handful or tops into bite size pieces (for one serving) and either
steam on top of the stove or nuke with a small amount of water,
covered.

When pasta is almost done or has already been drained, heat up
appropriate size saute pan, melt 1-2 tablespoons margerine or butter
and add a small amount of olive oil.

When the butter/oil is hot, add mushrooms and saute on med-high in
order to brown well. When the mushrooms are almost done, add the
cleaned shrimp and continue sauteing for no more than an additional
3 minutes tops (2 minutes is better, 1 minute on each side.) Turn
the shrimp once during sauteing. (Biggest error in cooking shrimp
is over-cooking, which causes them to turn tough and rubbery.)

Plate pasta, toss with olive oil, top with mushrooms and shrimp,
and if you're using veggies, add them also. Now sprinkle all with
minced raw, fresh garlic.

You can double the amount you think you'll need. It heats up well
in the microwave the next evening but I wouldn't try to freeze it.

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