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Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Tomatoes



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Looking for a speedy, yet scrumptious dinner? This Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta recipe is here to save your weeknight! Bursting with freshness and flavors from garlic, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs, this shrimp pasta dish is a delightful way to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home.

A round, charcoal-colored plate holding shrimp scampi spaghetti that is garnishedwith fresh herbs.
Plate the al dente pasta and spoon on the shrimp scampi sauce. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked black pepper, fresh torn basil and fresh parsley.

Why You Should Make this Shrimp Pasta Recipe

  • Delicious Flavor: Enjoy the savory combination of garlic-infused shrimp, burst cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs.
  • Quick and Easy: Perfect for busy weeknights, this shrimp pasta recipe comes together swiftly, allowing you to have a satisfying meal on the table in no time.
  • Versatile Protein: Shrimp, loaded with protein, can be easily substituted with lobster, crab, or scallops, providing flexibility for different tastes and preferences.
  • Healthy Option: Incorporating lean protein from shrimp, along with fresh herbs and tomatoes makes this recipe a nutritious choice for a balanced diet.
  • Impressive Presentation: Serve this elegant pasta dish at dinner parties, or special occasions, to impress guests with its vibrant colors and delightful flavors.

Ingredients to Make Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

Crafted with succulent shrimp, ripe cherry tomatoes and aromatic herbs, this Mediterranean-style pasta dish embodies the essence of coastal cuisine.

  • Shrimp: Easily substitute with lobster, crab, or scallops.
  • Pasta: Instead of spaghetti, substitute with linguine, fettuccine, penne or whatever pasta shape you have on hand.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Substitute with grape tomatoes or diced tomatoes.
  • Herbs: Dried parsley or dried basil can be used instead. Fresh spinach is also a great addition.
  • Crushed Red Pepper: Adjust to your liking.
  • White Wine: Pinot Grigio is a great option. Easily substitute the wine with chicken or seafood stock.

Carb-Free Alternatives to Pasta

If you’re looking for carb-free alternatives to pasta, there are several options available. Here are a few examples:

  • Zucchini noodles (also known as “zoodles”) – You can create these by using a spiralizer to turn zucchini into long, thin strips that resemble spaghetti. You can serve them raw or lightly cooked.
  • Spaghetti squash – When cooked, spaghetti squash can be shredded into spaghetti-like strands that make a great substitute for pasta.
  • Bean-based pasta – These pastas are typically made from legumes such as chickpeas, black beans, or lentils. They’re higher in protein and fiber than traditional pasta and lower in carbs.

How to Make Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta

With minimal prep and cooking time, this Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta is perfect for busy evenings when you crave something indulgent, yet effortless.

  1. Prepare Shrimp: Season shrimp with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Cook Aromatics: Heat olive oil and butter. Add cherry tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Simmer: Once tomatoes burst, pour in white wine. Simmer briefly.
  4. Cook Shrimp: Add seasoned shrimp. Cook until pink and opaque.
  5. Finish Pasta: Cook spaghetti. Drain and set aside.
  6. Combine: Stir in fresh basil, parsley, and lemon zest.
  7. Serve: Plate pasta. Top with shrimp scampi mixture.
  8. Garnish: Add extra herbs, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with cracked black pepper.

How to Serve and Store This Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta

  • Serve this Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta in individual plates, or a large platter for family-style dining. Garnish with additional fresh basil and parsley for an extra pop of color and flavor.
  • Pair the dish with a side salad dressed in a light vinaigrette, and/or crusty bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.


  • Store any leftover shrimp scampi pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Make sure to let the dish cool down to room temperature before transferring it to the fridge to prevent condensation buildup.
  • Reheat the pasta in a saucepan on the stovetop over low to medium heat. Add a splash of water or broth to prevent the pasta from drying out.

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A round, charcoal-colored plate holding shrimp scampi spaghetti that is garnishedwith fresh herbs.

Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Tomatoes


This Quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta recipe is here to save your weeknight! Bursting with freshness and flavors from garlic, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs, this shrimp pasta dish is a delightful way to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home.


  • 1 pound peeled and deveined, tail-on shrimp (16/20)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 12-ounces dried spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh torn basil, plus more for garnish
  • Olive oil to drizzle for garnish
  • Cracked black pepper for garnish


  1. Place the shrimp in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the cherry tomatoes and minced garlic. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
  3. Once the tomatoes start to burst, start boiling the pasta to al dente.
  4. Pour the white wine into the tomato mixture and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the seasoned shrimp to the pan and cook gently until they turn pink, and are no longer translucent.
  6. Stir in the fresh basil, parsley and lemon zest.
  7. Transfer the cooked pasta onto individual plates, or a serving platter. Pour the shrimp scampi over the pasta.
  8. Garnish with additional fresh basil and parsley.
  9. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cracked black pepper.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. ENJOY!

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  • Use tail-on shrimp, or easily remove the tail.
  • If you use a smaller size shrimp, they will cook more quickly than larger shrimp.
  • This recipe is all about timing to ensure neither the shrimp, nor the pasta, overcooks.
  • Don’t forget to salt the water for the pasta. 
  • Use whatever pasta shape you have on hand. 
  • Cook the pasta to “al dente”.
  • Reserve some of the pasta water before draining the pasta, just in case you need some of the starchy water for the shrimp scampi sauce.
  • Feel free to add the pasta directly from the pot into the scampi sauce. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Pasta
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

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