Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe (with Fettuccine)

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Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe with Fettuccine is a 20-minute meal that will make you keep twirling your fork for another bite of the delicious lemon, garlic, olive oil, and butter sauce wrapped in pasta and plump shrimp. It is calling you for dinner tonight!

You only need a simple salad and homemade crusty bread to enjoy this beautiful shrimp scampi pasta meal.

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Quick and easy shrimp pasta recipe

This fettuccine with shrimp recipe comes together easily because the shrimp requires little work, and the cooking time is short. This is the best shrimp scampi pasta recipe! It is a quick dinner that is also a luxurious-tasting meal.

The shrimp cook in an olive oil and lemon butter bath while the pasta water boils. Transfer everything to a sauté pan, cook for a few minutes, and it’s done!

If you love shrimp, try these great recipes: Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta Recipe, Trottole Pasta Recipe with Tomato Sauce and Shrimp, Pan Seared Shrimp, and Orzo Skillet with Sun-dried Tomatoes Shrimp and Artichokes.

Simple Ingredients

This delicious shrimp scampi pasta recipe uses fresh and minimal ingredients, just like the seafood pasta dishes we make in Italy. Ingredient quality is key. Look for pasta made from durum wheat semolina. You will boil it and then toss it in the sauce for a few minutes to absorb its flavors.

ingredient shot for recipe
  • Shrimp
  • Pasta
  • Olive oil
  • White wine (suggested: sauvignon blanc)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Butter
  • Parsley (garnish) Read more parsley here: Parsley vs. Italian Parsley: What’s the Difference?
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Reserved pasta water

See the recipe card for quantities.

How to make Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe- Step by Step

Shrimp scampi recipe is easier to make than you think. Instead of going to a fancy Italian restaurant- make this meal home for your family and friends. It will soon become one of your favorite dinners.

seasoned shrimp before cooking

Prepare the shrimp- dry them with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add desired pasta and cook to al dente package instructions. 

how to make: shrimp in pan

In a large skillet on medium-high heat, add olive oil, butter, and chili flakes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add shrimp and sauté until pink and slightly golden brown edges, 2-4 minutes, depending on size. Do not overcook. 

how to make: shrimp in pan with lemon juice and wine

Add lemon juice and white wine, and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in parsley. 

fettuccine pasta cooking

Stir pasta as needed. Use our handmade pasta utensil!

pasta water

Before draining the pasta, add reserved pasta water to the sauce and stir to combine.

how to make: combining cooked pasta with shrimp and lemon garlic sauce

Drain pasta and toss in the pan for 1 minute to combine the sauce and the pasta. Add lemon zest and more parsley as a garnish, if desired. Serve hot! 

Hint: Make sure to properly cook your pasta al dente by following this guide: How Long to Boil (pasta)- Perfect Every Time.

Shrimp scampi fettuccine in a pan ready to serve.

Buying shrimp for shrimp scampi pasta recipe

If you live in an area where you can buy fresh shrimp, lucky you! Do that! I love to buy shrimp at the seafood counter at my local grocery store. When I am in Italy, we buy it freshly caught the same day- so lucky!

For everyone else, you can purchase shrimp at the store in all varieties (large, medium, small, shell on/off, tail on/off, fresh, frozen, etc.).

I recommend buying extra large, tail-on, un-cooked shrimp for this shrimp recipe. Once thawed, remove the shells.

shrimp scampi fettuccine on a plate with parsley and a fork and serving pan in background.

Best way to defrost shrimp

LONG METHOD

The safest way to defrost shrimp is to put the bag in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking it. A rule to go by is that you’ll need about 24 hours of thawing for each pound of shrimp. 

SHORT METHOD

If you need to thaw it quickly, the safest way is to pour the frozen shrimp into a colander in the sink and run cold water over the shrimp until it thaws.

Don’t use hot or warm water as it will start to cook the shrimp. Don’t thaw shrimp at room temperature. 

Authentic Italian saucesare well balanced and “lighter” than the typically alfredo or cheese-based sauces you find in Americanized Italian cooking.

Shrimp scampi fettuccine in a pan ready to serve. with serving tongs.

Best pasta to use with shrimp scampi

For this shrimp scampi pasta recipe with fettuccine, I prefer the wider ribbon-like strands of fettuccine pasta. They are the perfect thickness to complement the buttery sauce and robust shrimp flavor.

Here are other options that work well with shrimp scampi. In general, I recommend a long pasta variety. Read more about match pasta shapes to sauces here.

  • Angel hair pasta (the thinnest pasta variety)
  • Linguine
  • Tagliatelle
  • Spaghetti

Of course, it is your personal preference! You can also make your own Authentic Homemade Pappardelle Pasta Recipe– if you want to go the extra mile!

Substitutions

Can you make this recipe without wine?

Absolutely! The small amount of wine I use in this recipe adds great flavor, and it’s fun to drink that same wine with the meal.

But if you’re not a fan of wine, you can omit the wine and leave the rest of the recipe as is. It would still be delicious.

A white wine substitute could be chicken stock or chicken broth. It won’t taste the same, but it will add richness to the sauce.

shrimp scampi fettuccine on a plate with parsley and a fork.

Variations

You can try the recipe the first time and always try a variation the next time you make it!

  • Fresh Basil add a little garnish of fresh basil for a pop of color and flavor.
  • Cheese – in Italy, we typically do not mix cheese and seafood. With that said- I won’t tell anyone if you add freshly grated parmigiano cheese or parmesan cheese to the sauce or even as a garnish. Your secret is safe with me!
  • Vegetables – this recipe tastes wonderful with sautéed asparagus and even blistered cheery tomatoes.

If you love lemon kinds of pasta, try Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce (Pasta al Limone).

How to Store Leftovers

This section assumes that you even have leftovers! In my home with three hungry children- we rarely do.

Here are a few airtight containers that work well for storing leftover pasta dishes, and more: Pyrex different sizesSnapware different sizesGlasslock oven safe, and Rubbermaid Takealongs.

Refrigerator

This best shrimp scampi will keep in the fridge for about 3 days. Shrimp starts to get weird if kept in the fridge for too long, so I recommend eating any leftovers as soon as possible (that is, if you have any leftovers!).

Freezer

Do not refreeze thawed and cooked shrimp. It will not taste good at all once thawed and reheated. Frozen pasta isn’t ideal, and neither is this sauce.

The best thing to do is make this dish fresh again for the best flavor and texture. It is so easy to make you won’t mind making it on a busy weeknight.

shrimp scampi fettuccine on a plate with parsley and a fork.

What to serve with Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe

Shrimp scampi is a perfect main meal. If you want to add an easy appetizer, try Best Italian Zucchini Fritters (easy recipe), or Easy Bruschetta Recipe with Mozzarella and Tomato Basil. Try a delicious Italian homemade bread: Ciabatta, Easy Focaccia, or Healthy No-Knead.

Don’t forget dessert! Try a no-bake dessert like Italian Tiramisu!

Top tips

  • Use good quality ingredients
  • Save your pasta water to add to the sauce
  • Cook your pasta al dente!

FAQ

What is the origin of shrimp scampi?

In pasta form, shrimp scampi is an Italian-American dish. The scampi dish from Italy is more about grilled langoustines with butter and garlic.

Is shrimp scampi pasta Italian?

The word scampi is the plural of scampo. Scampi are tiny, lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells (also called langoustines). Italian cooks in the United States swapped shrimp for scampi.

shrimp scampi fettuccine on a plate with parsley and a fork.

More recipes you will love:

In Italy, especially in Southern Italy, and specifically Sardegna, where I am from, we eat A LOT of seafood and pasta. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh shrimp.
Another seafood dish you will love Seafood Pasta with Red Sauce (Linguini Frutti di Mare).

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Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe with Fettuccine is a 20 minute meal that will make you keep twirling your fork for another bite of the delicious lemon, garlic, olive oil and butter sauce wrapped in pasta and plump shrimp. It is calling you for dinner tonight!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp (peeled and devined)
  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine (suggested: sauvignon blanc)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add desired pasta and cook to al dente package directions. 
  2. Prepare the shrimp- dry them with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. In a large skillet on medium-high heat add olive oil, butter, and chili flakes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sauté until pink and slightly golden brown edges, 2-4 minutes depending on size. Do not overcook. 
  4. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and white wine, simmer for 1 minute. Stir in parsley. 
  5. Before draining pasta add reserved pasta water to sauce and stir to combine. Drain pasta and toss in pan for 1 minute to combine the sauce and the pasta. Add lemon zest. Add more parsley as garnish, if desired. Serve hot! 
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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  1. We absolutely loved this easy, delicious recipe. Wonderful lemon flavor! It’s a keeper!!






    1. I agree with the freshness of the recipe! Super simple and delicious to make any time you are feeling like a fancy dinner with little time.