Classic Shrimp Scampi Pasta is an easy Italian comfort food recipe! It’s made with butter, garlic, white wine, chicken stock, lemon juice, parsley, and shrimp.
This recipe serves eight and costs about $18.42 to make. That’s just $2.30 per serving. And did I mention that this recipe is ready in just 20 minutes?!
Quick and easy pasta recipes make the best weeknight dinners! At my house, we love whipping up Tomato-Basil Pasta, Citrus Cream Pasta, Caprese Pasta Bake, and this recipe because they all take 20 minutes or less to make!
Shrimp Scampi reigns supreme as some of my favorite Italian comfort food. It’s so easy to make, incredibly flavorful (thank you garlic!), and everyone loves it!
While fresh shrimp can be a bit on the expensive side, making Shrimp Scampi Pasta at home is far less expensive than ordering it at Olive Garden, so fresh shrimp is definitely worth the splurge!
What is the difference between shrimp and shrimp scampi?
The word “scampi” refers to an Italian dish made with lobster or shrimp that’s poached in white wine, garlic, and chicken stock and served with parmesan cheese. Scampi can refer to the cooking style or the lobster or shrimp themselves.
Shrimp Scampi is the same as above but served over pasta, usually spaghetti or linguine.
What is scampi sauce made of?
It’s the sauce that coats both the shrimp and the pasta in this dish. It’s simmered until slightly thickened, and the sauce has the following ingredients:
- white wine
- chicken stock
- lemon juice
- fresh parsley
- salt & pepper
Can you make Shrimp Scampi without wine?
Yes! In my recipe below, you can skip the wine and use these 2 alternatives:
- Instead of wine, use 1 cup of white grape juice mixed with 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar.
- Replace the wine with chicken stock, so the total amount of chicken stock for this recipe would be 1 1/2 cups.
Can you use frozen shrimp to make Shrimp Scampi?
While fresh shrimp is ideal when making scampi, you can use frozen shrimp, but it will need to be defrosted.
How do you defrost shrimp?
- My favorite method is to let the shrimp thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Right before cooking, gently drain and rinse the shrimp. You can now use the shrimp as directed in the recipe below.
- You can also place frozen shrimp in a large bowl filled with cold water. Small shrimp will take about 15 minutes to thaw, and jumbo shrimp will take about 30 minutes to thaw. Once thawed, drain the shrimp.
What sides go with shrimp scampi?
Bread and Salad are the perfect sides to serve with Shrimp Scampi. Here are a few recipes to give you some inspiration:
- Pizza Dough Garlic Knots
- Pull-Apart Potato Rolls
- Crescent Rolls
- Thanksgiving Salad
- Italian Salad
- Spinach Salad
How do you make Shrimp Scampi?
It’s fairly easy to make, here’s how:
- Sauté the garlic (you’ll need 8 hearty cloves) in olive oil.
- Poach the shrimp in white wine and chicken stock.
- Remove the shrimp from the pan and cook the remaining liquid until it’s reduced by half.
- Whisk in the butter and lemon juice.
- Toss the pasta, scampi sauce, and shrimp together and serve with parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Ingredients and Cost
RECIPE COST: $18.42
PER SERVING COST: $2.30
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
- 1 pound spaghetti – $0.82
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil – $0.42
- 8 large garlic cloves – $0.40
- 1 cup dry white wine – $1.34
- ½ cup chicken stock – $0.16
- 2 pounds extra-large shrimp – $13.94
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter – $0.80
- ¼ cup lemon juice – $0.26
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley – $0.28
How long is this good for:
SERVE: You can keep the shrimp scampi pasta at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it will need to be refrigerated.
STORE: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
FREEZE: While technically you can freeze this recipe, I do not recommend it. This is because the shrimp because rubbery when cooked, frozen, and then thawed and reheated.
- Don’t be tempted to use chicken broth in this recipe. Use chicken stock because it’s more flavorful.
- While this recipe calls for spaghetti, you can use any pasta that you’d like. I usually serve this dish with spaghetti, linguine, or angel hair pasta.
More Quick and Easy Recipes:
- Chicken Barley Soup
- Pasta Primavera
- Hawaiian Fried Rice
- Loaded Breakfast Sandwich
- Stovetop Chicken Souvlaki
- Ground Beef Stroganoff
- Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
- One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
- Pantry Chicken Taco Soup
- Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Ham and Cheese Quiche
Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 8 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup dry white wine
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 2 pounds extra-large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 8 pieces
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
FOR SERVING (optional):
- Lemon wedges
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Freshly grated Parmesan
- Cook the spaghetti as per package instructions, and drain and toss the pasta with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- While the pasta boils, continue with the recipe. In a large and deep heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook, while constantly stirring, until fragrant, for about 30-60 seconds. Pour in the wine and chicken stock, and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Gently place the shrimp in the boiling liquid and cook until the shrimp are just beginning to turn translucent about 2 minutes. Gently stir the shrimp, reduce the heat to medium, and cover the pan. Cook until the shrimp are cooked through, about another 2 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to move the shrimp to a bowl.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and cook the liquid until it is reduced by half, about 1-2 minutes. Add the butter pieces to the pan and whisk them into the sauce. Whisk in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- In a large serving bowl add the drained spaghetti, the sauce, shrimp, and chopped fresh parsley. Toss to coat and serve with lemon wedges and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.