Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

The Italian-American Page Team

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Shrimp Scampi is a beloved Italian-American dish that combines succulent shrimp with a rich, buttery garlic sauce, perfectly complemented by pasta. This dish is quick to prepare yet elegant enough for a special occasion. Let’s dive into this delicious recipe that’s sure to impress your family and friends.


For 4 Servings:

  • 8 ounces linguine or spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Sauté the Shrimp: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Garlic Sauce: In the same skillet, add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
  4. Deglaze the Pan: Pour in the white wine (or chicken broth) and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, allowing the liquid to reduce slightly.
  5. Add Lemon and Butter: Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and butter pieces. Continue to stir until the butter is melted and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Combine Shrimp and Pasta: Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and toss to coat them in the sauce. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss until everything is well combined and heated through.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle the dish with chopped fresh parsley and, if desired, grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.


Shrimp Scampi with Pasta is a timeless dish that brings together the flavors of the sea with the richness of a buttery garlic sauce. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special gathering. Enjoy this delightful recipe and bring a touch of Italy to your dining table.

Buon appetito!