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Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus has a lemon garlic and herb sauce that packs so much fresh and amazing flavor. A 30 minute shrimp scampi pasta recipe!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $18-$20
Keyword: shrimp scampi pasta
Calories: 525 kcal
Servings: 4 as a main course

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.