Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Shrimp Balasico

Red Lobster's Shrimp Balasico
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4 to 6

30 cooked shrimp
2 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1 tablespoon dried basil  plus1 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup chunky tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
3 tablespoons white wine (optional)
8 black olives, sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 pound angel hair pasta

Combine chopped tomato, basil, tomato sauce, green onions, wine, olives, salt, pepper and garlic powder in large saucepan and simmer 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook pasta, rinse and drain well. Remove tails from shrimp, if desired. Add shrimp to tomato mixture. Simmer until warm, about 2 minutes.Serve over pasta.

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