Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus (VIDEO)
Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus… it really doesn’t get any better than this! The light lemon garlic and herb sauce packs so much fresh and amazing flavor.
We took classic Shrimp Scampi and turned it into this shrimp scampi pasta recipe. Just like our Creamy Shrimp Pasta, this is perfect for busy weeknights because it’s easy, takes less than 30 minutes and tastes like fine dining.
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Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe:
Tossing shrimp scampi with pasta is our favorite way to serve scampi. The lemon butter scampi sauce is so fresh, vibrant and flavorful and goes so well with pasta.
Watch the video recipe below to see just how easy it is. You’ll make this shrimp scampi pasta again and again!
What is the Best Shrimp for Scampi?
Look for raw shrimp (preferably wild caught) that are large 21-30 count. Slightly larger or smaller will still work but you will have to increase or decrease cooking time accordingly as shrimp can easily overcook.
Save prep time by purchasing shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. Tail on or tail off is based on preference. It’s easier to eat without the tails but the presentation is nicer with tails on.
Can I Substitute Cooked Shrimp?
Cooking raw shrimp will give you the best flavor as it takes on the garlic flavors from the pan and will add flavor to the sauce, which is why we highly recommend raw shrimp.
If you have cooked shrimp on hand, be sure to fully thaw and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Add them to the pan just long enough to heat through. If you re-cook the shrimp, they will end up overcooked and rubbery.
How to Trim Asparagus:
Asparagus ends are fibrous and must be removed before cooking. The fastest way is by snapping off the ends and wherever they snap is where the fibrous part ends. You can also use a vegetable peeler to remove fibrous ends.
How to Make Shrimp Scampi Pasta:
With the exception of the pasta, the shrimp and scampi sauce come together in one pan. This recipe comes together fast so have all of your ingredients prepped and ready before you fire up the stove.
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al-dente.
2. Place a large, deep pan over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add asparagus, season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and cook uncovered for 5 minutes until crisp tender, stirring occasionally. Transfer asparagus to a plate.
3. In the same hot pant, add 2 Tbsp oil and 2 Tbsp butter. Once the butter melts, add garlic and sautee 1 minute. Add shrimp in a single layer, season with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper and saute until shrimp are pink and opaque (2 min per side). Do not overcook.
4. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup parsley, 1 Tbsp lemon zest and stir to combine. Turn off heat, return pasta and asparagus to the pan and toss to combine. Serve with grated parmesan.
This shrimp scampi pasta with asparagus is so juicy and flavorful. Every noodle is coated with amazing fresh flavor.
Our Best Reviewed Pasta Recipes:
- Chicken Pesto Pasta – a delicious new spin on classic Alfredo
- Mom’s Chicken Alfredo – in a lighter scrumptious cream sauce
- Spaghetti and Meatballs – seriously the best meatballs!
- Classic Lasagna – beefy, saucy, cheesy, keeper!
- Shrimp Artichoke Linguine – in garlic lemon sauce
Watch How to Make Shrimp Scampi Pasta:
Mmm… this shrimp scampi pasta is ridiculously tasty. Enjoy this my friends!
Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus
- 1/2 lb spaghetti
- 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
- 3 Tbsp butter, divided
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsp)
- 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (16-20 or 21-25 count)
- 1 1/4 tsp Sea Salt , divided, plus more for cooking pasta
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, ground, or to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, from 1 large or 2 small lemons
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
- Grated parmesan to serve
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 Tbsp salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook pasta according to package instructions until aldente, or desired doneness (meanwhile, continue with recipe). Drain pasta, return to pot and cover to keep warm.
Place a large, deep pan over medium/high heat and add 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add asparagus, season lightly with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and cook uncovered for 5 minutes or until crisp tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan.
In the same hot skillet, add 2 Tbsp oil and 2 Tbsp butter. Once the butter is melted, add minced garlic and sautee, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add shrimp in a single layer and season with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Saute until shrimp are pink and not translucent (about 2 minutes per side). Be careful not to overcook or shrimp will be tough.
Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup chopped parsley, 1 Tbsp lemon zest and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and return pasta and asparagus to the pan. Toss everything to combine and serve with grated parmesan.
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