Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

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This easy shrimp scampi spaghetti is an absolutely delicious pasta recipe that has the right balance of savory, tangy and creamy flavors.

It is the perfect recipe to try when you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner that packs in veggies, carbs and protein.

With lots of summer produce and delicious, tender shrimp, this has to be the best shrimp scampi recipe ever.

Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

What I Love About the Recipe

The simplicity of the recipe and its perfect savory flavors are a total hit in my household.

I’m actually making this for dinner tonight, and I’m pretty sure once you give it a try, it’ll become a favorite family dinner in your household too.

Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time:
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients For the Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Recipe

To make the shrimp scampi spaghetti, here’s what you’ll need.

Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Ingredients
  • Spaghetti: The base of the dish, provides a platform for the sauce and shrimp.
  • Raw Shrimp: The star ingredient, adding a delicious seafood flavor.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Offer a tangy contrast to the rich sauce.
  • Fresh Spinach: Boosts the dish’s nutritional value and adds color.
  • Heavy Cream: Infuses the dish with a rich, creamy texture.
  • Onion: Deepens the flavor profile with its savory notes.
  • Garlic: Enhances the dish’s overall flavor with its aromatic presence.
  • Green Pesto: Serves as a flavorful sauce base, lending a herby punch.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Adds a salty, nutty finish to the scampi.
  • Seasonings: Salt and pepper fine-tune and balance the dish’s flavors.

How to Make Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make the shrimp pasta.

Step 1: Cook the Pasta. Reserve Some of the Pasta Water.

Cook the pasta in a large pot according to the package instructions until al dente.

Step 2: Prep the Veggies

Wash all your produce. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic. Half the cherry tomatoes.

Step 3: Cook the Veggies

In a large pan, heat olive oil, add diced onions and cook for about 3-5 minutes on medium heat, or until lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Add Shrimp and Season

Add the peeled shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes, or until light pink. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Add Pesto, Cream and Let Simmer

Then add the pesto, stir until well combined. Add the heavy cream, stir, and let simmer for a few more minutes.

Step 6: Add Tomatoes & Spinach

Then add the diced cherry tomatoes. Let simmer for 2 minutes on medium high heat. Then add the spinach, cook for 3 more minutes, and remove from heat.

Step 7: Combine Everything and Top with Parmesan Cheese

Mix the cooked spaghetti in the sauce and divide over 4 serving bowls. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe

Think you’re ready to try out the shrimp scampi spaghetti recipe? Wait up! You might want to keep these little tips and tricks in mind too.

  • When cooking the pasta, I would highly recommend reserving about a cup of pasta water to add to the sauce.
  • To add extra flavor and deliciousness to the pasta, you can use chicken broth instead of salted water to cook the pasta.
  • I’ve used regular salt to season the dish, but remember to taste the dish and adjust seasoning before you serve.
  • You can also choose to use kosher salt for the boiling salted water before you add pasta into it.
  • I would highly recommend using extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. It really adds that extra flavor to the garlicky sauce.
  • Red pepper flakes, lemon juice and some lemon zest can also be wonderful additions to the shrimp scampi pasta. The lemon juice helps tenderize the cooked shrimp and lends a beautiful lemon flavor which balances out the heat from the red pepper flakes.
  • To bring some rich flavors to the dish, you can use garlic butter instead of olive oil. Don’t forget a dahs of Italian seasoning and some chopped freshly parsley as well.
  • You can also skip adding the cream and turn it into a nice garlic shrimp dish instead.

What Else Can I Add to the Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti?

Remember that succulent shrimp and long pasta form the basic ingredients for this pasta dish. You can

You can also add some Italian seasoning into the pasta sauce if you want to.

Don’t forget to top the pasta dish with some chopped fresh parsley and crushed red pepper flakes to add a nice touch of freshness.

You can also serve the shrimp scampi spaghetti pasta with some lemon wedges on the side.

How Do I Store the Leftovers?

Your leftover shrimp scampi spaghetti can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

I would recommend reheating the pasta in the microwave or on low heat over the stovetop with a little water to keep it nice and saucy.

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Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This delicious shrimp scampi recipe is super tasty, easy to cook and packed with vitamins and minerals for a healthy family meal

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs spaghetti
  • 1 lbs raw shrimp, peeled and divined
  • 1 pint cherry tomato
  • 4 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 tbsp green pesto
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot according to the package instructions until al dente.
  2. Wash all your produce. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic. Half the cherry tomatoes.
  3. In a large pan, heat olive oil, add diced onions and cook for about 3-5 minutes on medium heat, or until lightly browned.
  4. Then add garlic and cook for another minute, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the peeled shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes, or until light pink. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the pesto, stir until well combined. Add the heavy cream, stir, and let simmer for a few more minutes.
  7. Add the diced cherry tomatoes. Let simmer for 2 minutes on medium high heat. Then add the spinach, cook for 3 more minutes, and remove from heat.
  8. Mix the cooked spaghetti in the sauce and divide over 4 serving bowls. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

To add extra flavor and deliciousness to the pasta, you can use chicken broth instead of salted water to cook the pasta.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 534Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 27g

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