Simple Lemon Shrimp Scampi and Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner
easy lemon shrimp scampi with whole wheat pasta

Whole wheat pasta creates a bit of an al dente base to this healthy lemon Shrimp Scampi recipe that gives any fine seafood restaurant a run for its money. Simple, Light, creamy and just as garlicky as we love it, you’ll find your beach flavor haven in a bowl. Even if you think eating shrimp scampi is too indulgent, the monounsaturated fats in the extra virgin olive oil alone are a reason to feel like you’re treating yourself. Shrimp is packed with protein and whole wheat pasta is a healthier, fiber-filled carb source.

Hint: You’ll have dinner on the table in no time at all, if you use already peeled and deveined shrimp!

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Phase: Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 4

Nutrition Information

  • 1 Healthy Fat
  • 1.5 Protein
  • 2 Good Carbohydrates
  • 0.5 Vegetables
  • 1 Extras


  • 8 oz. whole-wheat spaghetti or cappellini
  • 3 Tbsp, extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine or lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 11/2lbs. peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute longer.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until they turn pink and are just opaque in the center, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  4. In a large serving bowl, combine the drained pasta, shrimp mixture and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss well and serve.
  5. Variation : If you're on Phase 1, simply serve the shrimp on 1 cup of sauteed baby spinach and omit the pasta.
  6. Per serving (with spinach instead of pasta): 315 calories, 14 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 38 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 449 mg sodium