Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Dinner  |  Published Feb 4, 2020  |  Updated Jul 18, 2020  |  By Tawnie

shrimp scampi in a large pan with parsley and parmesan cheese

Easy Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Say hello to your new favorite main dish where lemon, garlic, white wine and Alfredo sauce meet hearty shrimp and pasta.

Shrimp scampi pasta is one of our favorite dinners and I was always so intimidated by it.

But once I made it, it was SO easy. And only took 30 minutes from start to finish! This dish is also totally impressive, amiright?

Throwing (not literally) pasta and shrimp together and serving it with wine means you’ll have everyone falling in love with you.

The linguine noodles swim in the most incredible buttery/garlicky/lemony homemade Alfredo sauce that’s flecked with parsley and red pepper chili flakes for a pop of color and flavor.

I mean how could you resist? So tempting.

shrimp scampi in a large pan with parsley and parmesan cheese

What is shrimp scampi?

Aside from it being my grandmother’s favorite meal, shrimp scampi is pretty simple. The classic recipe includes: garlic, white wine and a butter sauce that is either accompanied with a pile of pasta or with a hunk of crusty bread.

I’ve taken a few liberties with this shrimp scampi pasta, but something tells me you won’t mind my switching things up a bit!

Shrimp scampi ingredients

shrimp scampi ingredients

You don’t need many ingredients to make this flavorful white wine garlic shrimp pasta. Here’s what you’ll need to make shrimp scampi pasta:

  • Noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lemon juice
  • White wine
  • Shrimp
  • Store-bought alfredo sauce
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese

How to make shrimp scampi pasta

step by step photos of how to make shrimp scampi alfredo

The full directions are listed below in the recipe card, but making the shrimp Alfredo pasta and shrimp scampi sauce is easy peasy.

If you are making this dish with pasta, you’ll want to get the water boiling first. Then, in a separate sauté pan, melt the better with some olive oil and shallots. Then, everything else for the sauce will come together (in this ONE pan!).

You’ll add the shrimp to the sauce towards the end, toss in your noodles and garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Nothing fancy about shrimp scampi pasta!

What’s the best pasta for shrimp scampi?

Linguine or angel hair are my favorites for this simple shrimp scampi pasta. You can also keep this meal low-carb and serve it with zucchini noodles or steamed cauliflower.

What’s the best wine for shrimp scampi?

Use a dry white wine. A cheap Sauvignon Blank or Chardonnay works well.

Is there a white wine substitute I can use?

If you don’t have white wine on hand or prefer not to use it, you’re welcome to use chicken broth or water in its place.

shrimp scampi in a large pan with parsley and parmesan cheese

Tips for making shrimp scampi:

  • Save some time and buy shrimp that is frozen (already cooked) and that has already been peeled with the tails off. Some people think leaving the tails on results in a prettier dish, but taking the tails off while eating can be such a hassle!
  • Once the shrimp are added to the pan, the trick is to cook them just long enough that they turn pink all over, but not until their bodies curl into rounds with the texture of tires (yuck!).
  • A swirl of this pasta and juicy shrimp is everything you want from shrimp scampi pasta — a buttery, lemony Alfredo sauce coats linguine and shrimp, and the bright bite of red pepper and parsley balances everything.
  • Let me know what you think of the recipe by dropping a comment below!
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Shrimp Scampi Pasta

A swirl of this pasta and juicy shrimp is everything you want from shrimp scampi pasta — a buttery, lemony Alfredo sauce coats linguine and shrimp, and the bright bite of red pepper and parsley balances the entire dish!
5 from 6 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 792kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. linguini noodles
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. butter , divided
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/4-1/3 cup lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup white wine*
  • 16 oz. frozen shrimp, thawed pre-cooked, 91/110 size, tails and shell off
  • 15 oz jar Alfredo sauce (we love Raos)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot and cook pasta according to package directions (Linguini usually takes around 9 minutes). Strain pasta in a colander, toss with a little olive oil if desired so pasta doesn't stick together. Set aside.
  • Thaw the frozen shrimp by placing in a strainer and running cold water over the shrimp if not already thawed.
  • Add 2 Tbsp. butter and the olive oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced shallot. Let this cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the garlic, salt, pepper, chili flakes and stir for ~30 seconds. Then add in the lemon juice and wine. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the thawed shrimp, remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, and Alfredo sauce. Let this simmer again, but not too long so the shrimp doesn't become rubbery.
  • Lastly, stir in the parsley and Parmesan. Mix with noodles and enjoy!

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Notes

  • *You can use water or chicken broth in place of the white wine, if desired. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 792kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 1307mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 2mg

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Ashley Gongora
2 years ago

Delicious dinner for 2! Absolutely love how creamy this dish was! This is a new staple in our household!

Carol
3 years ago

What can I use instead of wine in the shrimp Alfredo recipe?

Wassim
1 year ago
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Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white wine?

Cameron
3 years ago

Friggin delicious!!

3 years ago

Oh yum! My family loves shrimp and pasta, so this sounds perfect!

Susie
3 years ago

Great recipe! I cannot wait to try this alfredo sauce. Pinned!

3 years ago

You are preaching to the choir with this gorgeous pasta dish! Holy cow — I love everything about it! What time should I come for dinner?

kim
3 years ago

Shrimp Alfredo is a family favorite and your recipe knocked it out of the park! So delicious!

Veena Azmanov
3 years ago

Best as my Dinner option. My kids love Shrimps and this is the right recipe.

3 years ago

Sure do love how light but yet filling this shrimp scampi is, looks absolutely delicious!

3 years ago

Yummy!! I love how you added to the sauce with the lemon and spices! Definitely looks delicious!

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