Looking for an effortless weeknight dinner? Look no further than this irresistible Creamy Shrimp Scampi Pasta. In under 30 minutes, you'll have a delectable meal featuring tender shrimp, flavorful linguine, and a harmonious blend of garlic and tomato. Topped with a generous sprinkle of parmesan and a touch of cajun seasoning, this shrimp pasta is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. With its quick and easy preparation, it's the perfect choice for a stress-free and delicious weeknight dinner. Gluten-free + Dairy-free Option.
Pasta holds a special place in my heart, especially when it's paired with the creamy goodness of Shrimp Scampi. This recipe takes the classic dish and elevates it with a luscious, creamy twist that will have you hooked. If you like creamy pasta dishes, check out my Creamy Tuscan Lobster Pasta or this amazing Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Kale Pasta or Weeknight Creamy Chicken Alfredo
The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and a few easy steps, you can create a dish that tastes like it was prepared by a seasoned chef. It's a quick and easy-to-make pasta recipe, making it a perfect option for those busy weeknights when you need a satisfying meal without the fuss. That's exactly why I created the "Weeknight Meals" category, and this Creamy Shrimp Scampi Pasta recipe is the shining star within it. What I love most about this pasta recipe is how it effortlessly combines convenience and deliciousness. Trust me-- this crowd-pleaser won't disappoint.
Shrimp Scampi gets its name from a playful fusion of Italian and English. "Scampi" is the Italian word for those cute little Mediterranean lobsters, while "shrimp" is their English counterpart. When this dish made its way into Italian-American cuisine, it was like a delicious language mashup. They took the concept of scampi and gave it a shrimplicious twist, and thus, Shrimp Scampi was born-- a dreamy weeknight dinner.
To make your seasoning, combine:
Together, these herbs and spices strike the perfect balance of savory and fresh with a bit of smoky heat.
Creamy dreaminess - The sauce is velvety, rich, and oh-so-indulgent.
Quick and easy - Ready in a flash, perfect for those busy nights.
Shrimpliciousness - Plump and juicy shrimp steal the spotlight.
Weeknight winner - A no-fail option for a satisfying weeknight dinner.
Fancy without the fuss: Impress your taste buds without spending hours in the kitchen.
When selecting shrimp for this recipe, I suggest going for extra large or large shrimp. These sizes strike a balance between being substantial enough to provide a satisfying bite and not too overwhelming.
While it may sound counterintuitive, using frozen and thawed, shrimp can actually be advantageous. Opting for frozen shrimp allows you to have more control over the quality and timing of your meal preparation. It's like having a secret stash of deliciousness in your freezer, ready to be transformed into a scrumptious shrimp scampi whenever you desire an easy weeknight dinner.
When it comes to serving Shrimp Scampi pasta, the possibilities for delightful pairings are endless. Here are some mouthwatering options to consider-
Garlic bread: Whip up some garlic bread with a crispy exterior and a soft, buttery interior. It's perfect for mopping up the delicious sauce. Try this Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread
Salad: Add a refreshing touch to your meal with a crisp green salad like this Roasted Cauliflower Green Goddess Salad
Roasted vegetables: Roast a medley of colorful vegetables. Like these Spicy Honey Sweet Potato Wedges. The caramelized flavors will complement the creamy shrimp scampi.
Steamed asparagus: Steam some fresh asparagus spears until they're tender yet still slightly crisp. They make a delightful and nutritious side dish.
Lemon wedges: Serve a few lemon wedges on the side. Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the pasta can add a bright and zesty flavor to each bite.
While you might think that most of the creaminess of this pasta just comes from the heavy cream added (from my go-to brand Organic Valley by the way), the truth is that a lot of it actually comes from the parmesan cheese. Yup, that's right. Personally, I love using the full brick of parmesan cheese as opposed to the powdered version.
You can store leftover shrimp scampi pasta in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing the pasta, as it won’t defrost well.
Of course! Yes! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free cheese shred or dairy-free parmesan instead of regular parmesan. Also, stick with veggie stock.
Overall, lemons are a flavor enhancer just like salt but without all the sodium. A fresh squeeze of lemon brings out the acidity of the sauce and enhances the flavor of the pasta, making the entire dish more savory.
Yes! You can make this pasta dish gluten-free by swapping the pasta with a GF-friendly one and ensuring that the stock being used is GF-friendly as well.
I tend to use a lot of white cooking wine, which is easiest for me. However, I do occasionally add quality white wine to my dishes and I recommend using a dry white wine.
A dry white wine will add the right amount of acidity rather than sweetness, which will better compliment your dish like this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Kale Pasta. In general, any of the following dry white wines work great in this dish
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and dry sparkling wines.
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Parmesan Garlic Shrimp Scampi with Linguine.