Shrimp Scampi Pasta

by heidi on July 11, 2013

Fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil bring summertime flavors to a classic dinner of Shrimp Scampi Pasta.

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Fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. Three ingredients that magically transform into very special recipes when a few simple additions are made.

Add toasted bread and you have Bruschetta. Add mozzarella and you’ve just made a classic caprese.

This recipe for Shrimp Scampi Pasta takes those simple, classic flavors and with a twirl of a fork wrapped around slinky angel hair pasta puts the fresh taste of summer smack dab on your dinner table.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta | foodiecrush.com

When the summer temps hit 95 degrees and up as they do from July through August since I live in the desert mountains of the West, you won’t usually find me in the kitchen cooking over a hot pot on the stove.

I’m much more of a grill girl when it comes down to dinnertime in the summertime.

Correction. I’m much more of a watching my guy grill when it comes to dinnertime. That’s why if we’re having shrimp, it’s usually been seasoned and skewered and lit up on the charcoals.

But a summer of grilling isn’t always what I’m craving when I’m chilling.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta | foodiecrush.com

Shrimp Scampi Pasta | foodiecrush.com

The essence of summer was what I was craving when I saw shrimp at the grocery store and had a counter of ripe tomatoes on my counter. Toss in some fresh chopped garlic, a handful of basil from the garden and I was on my way to a summer dinner wonderland.

I made this with low-carb pasta, which requires less time to cook than traditional pasta, making it an even quicker cook than usual. Getting me out of the kitchen and back to summertime chilling.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Yield: serves 4

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Ingredients

10 ounces angel hair pasta
kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
3/4 cup white wine
juice of one lemon
1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomato
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped basil
grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then salt generously with kosher salt. Add angel hair pasta and cook according for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup or so of pasta water and set aside.
  2. While pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the garlic and the red pepper flakes. Cook for one minute or until garlic becomes fragrant. Add the shrimp and season with kosher salt. Cook for two minutes on one side then flip and cook for another minute or until just cooked through.
  3. Add white wine, lemon and tomatoes and cook for another two minutes. Add butter and stir until butter melts through. Add pasta and cook to warm through while adding pasta water for more sauce if desired. Garnish basil and parmesan cheese and serve.
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Kathryn July 11, 2013 at 5:25 am

This is pretty much my mum’s favourite dish in the world. Perhaps I should be a very nice daughter and surprise her with it one day?

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Tieghan July 11, 2013 at 6:59 am

This looks perfect. Great summer meal!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective July 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

This looks like the perfect summer dish! Yum!

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Erika July 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

Summer Pasta Perfection!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles July 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

I seriously need this right now. We took my in-laws out for dinner to celebrate their 60th anniversary last week…to a very nice Italian restaurant. I was craving shrimp scampi and ordered theirs with angel hair. Beyond the shrimp, there was no flavor at all. I’m loving your version. Any left? Seriously.

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite July 11, 2013 at 8:11 am

What a great Summer pasta recipe.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

Damn, looks so good. . I’m making this soon! I have shrimp in the fridge! yummmm!!

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Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’m not a big shrimp person but I am drooling!

xo Jennifer

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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 11, 2013 at 10:10 am

Shrimp!!! These look big and juicy and plump, everything a shrimp should be :) I’m more of a guy watching grilling person too…wait I am the guy!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking July 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

My husband and I were just talking about how much we love angel hair in the summer. It is so light. I don’t mind cooking pasta in the summer.As long as I don’t have to turn the oven on I am good.

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife July 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

Love the little bursts of color in this dish. I wish I could dig right in with a fork now! Those flavors!

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Shawn @ I Wash You Dry July 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

This looks gorgeous Heidi! I love shrimp scampi, and holy moly, those shrimp look massive!! :) I could eat this every day!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Absolutely love this pasta!

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Des @ Life's Ambrosia July 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I LOVE shrimp scampi in the summer. Well all year long but with fresh tomatoes in the summer it is perfection. And your pictures are gorgeous!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day July 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I have been craving shrimp scampi lately and now even more. This looks so fresh!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

This is definitely summer in a plate!! My hubs love chicken scampi. And I cannot survive without shrimp :D

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Nessa July 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My waistline hates you ;)

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JulieD July 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Love this so much! Perfect and simple!

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shelly (cookies and cups) July 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

The perfect summer meal! Pinned!

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heidi July 17, 2013 at 7:34 am

Thanks Shelly, it’s totally a favorite of mine too.

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Emily July 25, 2013 at 5:52 am

Wow looks right up my street – will have to try! xx

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Kate March 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing!! Better than any I’ve had at a restaurant! This will be a new family dinner staple. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Michelle Osborne May 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

Truely the BEST Shrimp pasta meals I ever had. Made this 3 weeks ago, lost the recipe along with wich site it was on…Just found it…cannot wait to make this again,…and again.. love love love it!

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Michele T. June 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I made this yesterday for a family get together. It was a hit!! The kids loved it as well as the adults. I thought I would have leftovers but I didn’t even get to have seconds. Definitely making this again!

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