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Shrimp scampi pasta in a skillet with two handles topped with shrimp, fresh parsley, pepper flakes, and grated Parmesan cheese
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Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Classic shrimp scampi pasta recipe with garlic butter flavors, capers and topped with fresh parsley!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta, Shrimp Scampi
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 1 lb Spaghetti
  • 2 lb shrimp, (tail-off, peeled and deveined)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 whole shallot, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 1 pinch salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley or cilantro


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • In a large skillet (12in is a good size) heat oil and cook shrimp until pink and no longer traslucent. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and splinkle with fresh lemon juice (8-10 minutes). Transfer to a plate. Set aside
  • Bring skillet back to stove and add butter. When butter melts add shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until frangrant (1 minute).
  • Add wine and let it reduce by half (3-4 minutes). Add capers, if using.
  • Transfer shrimp back to the skillet, give it a stir. Then add the pasta. Toss to combine.
  • Trasfer to a serving platter and toss with remaning pasta water. Top with fresh parsley or cilantro and grated parmesan cheese. Serve