Shrimp Scampi Pasta with asparagus

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Recipe: #38326

March 12, 2022

"When I made this I used frozen asparagus which worked out well instead of fresh asparagus. We enjoyed this easy to make dish."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (331 g)
  • Calories 863.2
  • Total Fat - 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 165.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1909.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 140.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.7 g
  • Sugars - 65.8 g
  • Protein - 25.5 g
  • Calcium - 124.7 mg
  • Iron - 3.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 79.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook past according to package directions; drain and return to pot; cover to keep warm.

Step 2

Put a large deep skillet on medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add asparagus with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and cook uncovered for 5 minutes or until crisp tender, stirring occasionally; remove from pan.

Step 3

In the same pan add 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter and then add the garlic and cook stirring for a minute. Add shrimp and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook stirring for about 5 minutes or until shrimp is pink.

Step 4

Stir in the lemon juice parsley and lemon zest; stirring to combine. Turn off heat and return pasta and asparagus to pan; toss and place in bowl to serve.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When shopping for shrimp, look for ones that are labeled "fresh" or "previously frozen" for the best flavor.
  • When selecting asparagus, look for stalks that are bright green with firm tips.

  • Instead of spaghetti, use whole-wheat pasta. This substitution adds more fiber and nutrients to the dish, making it a healthier and more nutritious meal.
  • Instead of butter, use coconut oil. Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to butter and adds a nice flavor to the dish.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi Pasta Replace the asparagus with 1/2 pound of broccoli florets and reduce the lemon juice to 2 tablespoons. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to the shrimp while cooking and increase the lemon zest to 2 tablespoons.

Garlic Bread - This classic side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus. The buttery, garlicky flavor of the garlic bread pairs perfectly with the savory shrimp and asparagus. It's an easy and delicious way to round out the meal!

Caprese Salad: This simple yet flavorful salad is the perfect complement to the Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus. The fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil bring a bright and refreshing flavor to the meal, while the balsamic vinaigrette adds a tangy touch. It's a light and healthy way to round out the meal!


Q: What type of pasta should I use?

A: You can use your favorite type of pasta for this recipe. Half a pound of spaghetti is suggested as a starting point, but you can also use penne, fusilli, or any other type you prefer.

Q: How long should I cook the pasta?

A: The cooking time for pasta will vary depending on the type of pasta you are using. Generally, you should cook the pasta until it is al dente, which means it should be firm but still tender. Check the package instructions for the recommended cooking time.

4 Reviews


This has the perfect balance of garlic and lemon! I served over spaghetti. Wonderful dinner. Made for Best of 2022 tag game.


review by:
(29 Jan 2023)


Wow, what a tasty treat. We loved it. Made as written and wouldn't change a thing. I did use jumbo shrimp and egg noodles, it was what I had on hand. So very good. Thank you for sharing a recipe that we will enjoy often Ellie.


review by:
(24 Jun 2022)


This dish is delightful! Due to what I had on hand, I used cooked prawns, and dried parsley. Served it over a fresh Konjac root pasta for a wonderful light dinner. Thank you for another keeper Ellie! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(4 Apr 2022)


Worthy of more than 5 stars! I made a half batch and it was eagerly devoured!! The asparagus were perfect after 5 minutes. I did not use any butter - only garlic infused olive oil. To serve, I put the shrimp and asparagus on top of the tube pasta, then sprinkled with some chopped grape tomatoes. Going in my "best of" file!


review by:
(4 Apr 2022)

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Fun facts:

The classic Italian dish of shrimp scampi is believed to have originated in the city of Naples in the 1950s, and is a popular dish in Italian restaurants around the world.

Shrimp scampi has been a favorite of celebrities like Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, who have both been spotted enjoying the dish at Italian restaurants in Los Angeles.