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!
If you love shrimp try these great recipes: Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta Recipe, Trottole Pasta Recipe with Tomato Sauce and Shrimp, and Orzo Skillet with Sun-dried Tomatoes Shrimp and Artichokes.
- Simple Ingredients
- Quick and easy shrimp pasta recipe
- Italian Shrimp Scampi Pasta Sauce
- How to make Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe- Step by Step
- Buying shrimp for shrimp scampi pasta recipe
- Is shrimp scampi pasta really Italian?
- Best pasta to use with shrimp scampi
- How to Store Leftovers
- What to serve with Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe
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- Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe with Fettuccini
This delicious shrimp scampi pasta recipe uses fresh and minimal ingredients just like seafood pasta dishes we make in Italy.
- Olive oil
- White wine (suggested: sauvignon blanc)
- Fresh lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Red pepper flakes
- Parsley (garnish)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Reserved pasta water
See recipe card for quantities.
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.
The shrimps 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!
Ingredient quality is key. Look for pasta made from durum wheat semolina. You will first boil it and the toss for few minutes in the sauce to absorb its flavors.
Italian Shrimp Scampi Pasta Sauce
This indulgent lemon garlic shrimp fettuccine is one of the best tasting pastas and I don't say that all the time (okay, almost, I just love pasta dishes so much- would I really be Italian if I didn't?).
For this pasta and shrimp combo, I'm choosing a classic lemon garlic shrimp flavor that is simple and satisfying. You won't see heavy cream, parmesan cheese, or (too much) butter in this recipe.
The sauce is made the authentic Italian way with a light lemon, olive oil, and butter sauce that complements the shrimp perfectly.
Authentic Italian sauces- are well balanced and "lighter" than your typically alfredo or cheese based sauces you find in Americanized Italian cooking.
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 at home for your family and friends. It will soon become one of your favorite dinners.
This is best shrimp scampi pasta recipe! It is a quick dinner that is also a luxurious tasting meal.
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.
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.
Add lemon juice and white wine, simmer for 1 minute. Stir in parsley.
Stir pasta as needed. Use our handmade pasta utensil!
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 and more parsley as 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.
Buying shrimp for shrimp scampi pasta recipe
If you live in an area where you can buy fresh shrimp, lucky you! Definitely do that! I love to buy shrimp at the seafood counter at my local grocery store. When I am in Italy we buy it fresh 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.).
For this shrimp recipe I recommend buying extra large, tail-on, un-cooked shrimp. Once thawed, remove the shells.
Best way to defrost shrimp
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 you’ll need about 24 hours of thawing time for each pound of shrimp.
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.
Is shrimp scampi pasta really Italian?
The shrimp scampi recipe as people know it in the United States in and Italian-American dish. You might even be familiar with it from the Olive Garden restaurant (which in case you didn't know isn't really Italian cuisine ;).
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.
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).
Best pasta to use with shrimp scampi
For this shrimp scampi pasta recipe with fettuccine- it is obvious 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 thinest pasta variety)
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!
Can you make this recipe without wine?
Absolutely! I do feel that 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 simply 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 a richness to the sauce non the less.
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.
How to Store Leftovers
This section assumes that you even have leftovers! In my home with three hungry children- we rarely do.
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!).
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.
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.
Don't forget dessert! Try a no bake dessert like Italian Tiramisu!
- Use good quality ingredients
- Save your pasta water to add to the sauce
- Cook you pasta al dente!
In pasta form, shrimp scampi is definitely an Italian-American dish. The actual scampi dish from Italy is more about grilled langostines with butter and garlic.
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- 1 ½ lbs shrimp (peeled and devined)
- 1 lb fettuccine pasta (or pasta of choice)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup white wine (suggested: sauvignon blanc)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- ½ cup reserved pasta water
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add desired pasta and cook to al dente package directions.
- Prepare the shrimp- dry them with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
- 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.
- Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and white wine, simmer for 1 minute. Stir in parsley.
- 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!
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Savory
- Method: Italian
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: shrimp, pasta, lemon, shrimp scampi, fettuccine pasta, easy pasta recipe