Eat Skinny: Healthy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

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Howdy, y’all! How goes it? I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July!  We had a great one here in Charleston. [For some pics of my week, check out my instagram feed!] Today’s plan is to go out on the boat all day but i couldn’t possibly do that without sharing this healthy shrimp pasta recipe.

Because that would just be plain mean, don’t you think? This is one of those dishes I sort of just threw together. Grabbed some cheeses, some milk, some shrimp and pasta and just let the mad scientist in me LOOSE. And guys? The results of said scientific experiement? One of the best dishes I’ve ever made.

Ever. I know. Bold, bold statement. But each bite has such a complexity and depth of flavor, it’s as if I spent hours simmering the creamy, cheesy sauce and picked the shrimp right outta the ocean. I can’t explain or give you reasons why it turned out so magical, I can just say it did and show you sexy photos of it.

This succulent pasta is rich without being heavy, creamy without being fattening and filling without being “too much.” It’s the perfect way to use up your favorite shrimp and the last of your crisp white wine.

Or, in my case, buy a new bottle since I never have just a little bit of wine left. That’s madness.

Healthy Shrimp Pasta Recipe


Serves about 6.
Prep time:  5 – 8 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


  •  12 ounces shrimp, tails removed
  • 8 ounces of pasta (I used linguine)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 5 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup crisp wine (I used Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo)
  • 3/4 cup shrimp or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1/3 cup parmesan
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Liberal dashes salt and pepper
  • Lemon zest


  1. Prepare pasta according to box. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a medium size 3 quart pan over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and peppers and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add in wine, broth, cream, cream cheese and salt and pepper. Cook until mixture begins to thicken a bit, about 6 minutes. Stir in parmesan, lemon zest and additional salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer another 4 or 5 minutes to thicken up. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook shrimp for about 2 – 4 minutes or until done. Remove from pan and add to cream sauce. Add spinach to the small pan and heat just until wilted, about 3 minutes. Toss spinach and shrimp with cream sauce.
  4. Pour over pasta and enjoy!

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 360
Fat: 12.3 grams
Carbohydrates: 33 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 21 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  8

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  1. Posted by Shari Mereness on
    Thursday, July 5th, 2012
    Oh my that sure looks good.  I love Shrimp and Pasta and just think I found tonight's dinner.  Thanks for sharing!!!
  2. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Thursday, July 5th, 2012
    I have shrimp I need to use! I'll have to try this :D
  3. Thursday, July 5th, 2012
    This sounds so summery! I love the addition of white wine! 
  4. Posted by Baker Street on
    Thursday, July 5th, 2012
    White wine was an excellent addition! This would surely make for an incredible meal! :) 
  5. Posted by Kat on
    Thursday, July 5th, 2012
    Saw this today, made it for dinner, and totally cleaned my plate. Worth every bite! My roomate and I LOVED it. 
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Friday, July 6th, 2012
      OMG yay!!! I'm so glad you love it!!
  6. Posted by Javelin Warrior on
    Friday, July 6th, 2012
    More deliciousness for me to drool over! I'm featuring this in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it's always fun to be following along with your creations…
  7. Saturday, July 7th, 2012
    I just finished a shrimp scampi with fettucine dish but this looks good too. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!
  8. Saturday, July 7th, 2012
    Yum! This sounds so good!!
  9. Posted by jean0405 on
    Saturday, July 7th, 2012

    Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Today’s
    Top 9!

  10. Posted by yas on
    Saturday, July 7th, 2012
    just finished making it....i barely followed the instructions and it tastes amazing.
  11. Posted by Aggie on
    Monday, July 9th, 2012
    That is one beautiful plate of pasta!!
  12. Posted by Bev @ Bev Cooks on
    Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
    I. DIE. 
  13. Posted by Emfussell on
    Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
    Sounds delish! What is light cream?
    • Posted by Realistic Nutritionist on
      Sunday, July 15th, 2012
      It's just a lower fat and calorie cream! You can usually buy right next to the heavy whipping cream.
  14. Posted by Cozy Cuisine on
    Saturday, July 14th, 2012
    Made this tonight for dinner.  My daughter came over unexpectantly and she soooo appreciated a great homecooked meal from Mom. I added slice portabello mushroom to the onion, garlic & pepper mix....squeezed some fresh lime juice and salt over the shrimp before sauteing them. Also added some lemon basil at the end .  Will make again....May try chicken one of the times.  Yummy!
  15. Posted by Kat on
    Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
    Amazing dish! I will definately make this again!
  16. Posted by Bernadette on
    Monday, December 3rd, 2012
    This sounds like an awesome recipe... Just one thing, why do you rinse your pasta? I've always been of the belief that that's a huge no no in the cooking world, washes away all the nutrients or something like that? Anyways, thank you very much for posting your recipe :) God bless you
    • Posted by Dawn on
      Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
      You rinse the pasta with cold water because if you let it sit in the strainer without rinsing, the pasta continues to cook and will get sticky. Pasta has no nutrients.
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  18. Posted by Kevandree on
    Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
    This was FANTASTIC! Wow, definitely checking out your other recipes after this one. Nice work and thanks for sharing!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      so happy to hear that!
  19. Posted by ChelsNaples on
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
    I made this for my boyfriend and I about a month ago. It was sooo good! My bf doesn't like spinach, but he didn't even know it was in this dish.He ate it all. I will be making this again.Very easy too.
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      oh yay!
  20. Posted by AllyHodges on
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
    Just made this about an hour ago. It was very very good!! I did make a few modifications for what I had, I used heavy cream instead of light cream and I used a seafood blend instead of just shrimp. Thank you for this recipe and thanks for all the nutritional facts that go with it! :)
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      Oh that sounds delicious!
  21. Posted by Tatiana Mykyta on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    It was absolutely delicious!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
  22. Posted by audrey on
    Monday, April 29th, 2013
    i just made this - yumm!
  23. Posted by Ashley on
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
    cream sauce
  24. Posted by Becky Smith on
    Thursday, May 9th, 2013
    This was delicious and we tried to cut calories even more by serving it over Spagetti Squash mixed w about a teaspoon of butter, a T of Parmesan cheese and salt & pepper. YUM! Thanks for this amazing recipe!!
  25. Posted by kylie on
    Saturday, June 8th, 2013
    even my boyfriend's picky brother cleaned his plate! Super yummy and easy to make!
  26. Posted by Randa on
    Saturday, September 14th, 2013
    Can I make this recipe without the wine? Also what is lemon zest, is it just grating the lemon? What can I use if I cant find light cream? Can I use half &half or heavy whipping cream?
  27. Posted by Lou on
    Monday, November 11th, 2013
    Good good
  28. Posted by Karen on
    Monday, December 30th, 2013
    this was absolutely delicious! made it as described with the exception that i used cremini mushrooms instead of the peppers. This will be my fancy white wine cream sauce for company !! thank you!
  29. Posted by Kay V on
    Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
    This was DELICIOUS! I changed it up somewhat because I was cooking for 1. Instead of spinach, which I did not have, I used frozen kale. I cooked it in the water for a few minutes, then added the pasta and cooked it together. I thought the cream cheese really made it delicious!
  30. Posted by Chat on
    Thursday, February 20th, 2014
    The best!!! Had to try something different and I nailed it.
  31. Posted by Maya on
    Monday, April 7th, 2014
    Tried this recipe and it was de-li-cious. Didn't feel as guilty eating and knowing that I had used "light" ingredients. Thanks!
  32. Posted by Tamara on
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    Did you use a white, yellow or purple onion? It sounds delicious! Thank you!
  33. Posted by Wrynn on
    Thursday, June 12th, 2014
    I made this for my husband and his mom. Everyone absolutely loved it. I found following your recipe so easy. Thank you. It was delicious. I will make it again.
  34. Posted by Comaneci on
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    Wow! I made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious!!!!!! I didn't alter the recipe at all. Thanks for sharing!
  35. Posted by Ariana on
    Sunday, December 7th, 2014
    This was absolutely delicious!!! My family loved it and it is something I will definitely do again.
  36. Posted by shameka on
    Thursday, December 25th, 2014
    This was awsome making it at least monthly lol
  37. Posted by Jen on
    Friday, January 16th, 2015
    This was so delicious! Thank you
  38. Posted by Melanie on
    Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
    Oh gosh, this was so good!!!! Thank you for sharing! I made it with summer squash "zoodles" instead of the spaghetti and it was divine!!
  39. Posted by SofiaGrace on
    Thursday, March 19th, 2015
    DELICIOUS!! I used spiralized zucchini instead of pasta. Since I didn't have cream cheese, I used a bit of sour cream. Also substituted red peppers since I didn't have yellow ones. The red with the green spinach was beautiful. Quick, flexible and so so good!!
  40. Posted by Janet on
    Monday, March 23rd, 2015
    I made this a couple of nights ago and it was a BIG hit! Lots of yummy noises all around the table. I doubled the amounts for my family of 5 (3 teen-age children); good thing, cuz there wasn't much leftover!
  41. Posted by Karen Lord on
    Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
    Ii just got some fresh key west pink shrimp and wanted to showcase them in a great easy recipe. This was the bomb!
    I made a few changes such as adding red pepper along with the yellow, and used clam juice instead of wine since I don't drink alcohol. It was outstanding! My husband raved about it. Will definitely make this again, and would definitely make this for company! Thanks for posting!
  42. Posted by Maggie Aris-Williams on
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. This is tonight's dinner and I just did my taste test and it is DEEEELICIOUS!! My husband is going to be a happier man when he gets home from work.
  43. Posted by Karen Lord on
    Monday, May 18th, 2015
    This delish! My husband requested that I make this again for him. Has become one of our favorite shrimp dishes!
  44. Posted by Kerstyn on
    Monday, June 1st, 2015
    I made this last night and it was fantastic! I added in some sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, and yellow squash.
  45. Posted by Susie on
    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
    How big is a serving? This looks awesome!
  46. Posted by Mary Anne on
    Saturday, September 19th, 2015
    Please don't rinse the pasta. If you make the sauce and sauté the shrimp and spinach while the pasta is cooking, you can just use tongs or a spider to lift the red hot pasta into the hot sauce. Stir to combine.. Thanks for a beautiful dish for the Florida pinks that are available here in the keys.
  47. Posted by Judee Hollander on
    Friday, February 19th, 2016
    This is simply SENSATIONAL. It was simple to make and simply divine to savour. Genius!!!
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  49. Posted by Sandy Dirgo on
    Sunday, February 5th, 2017
    I am not much of a cook and usually make any sauces I need from a dry packet. This sauce is worth the time to make it. AWESOME
  50. Posted by Veronica on
    Friday, February 17th, 2017
    Hi I was wondering if there was any other type of wine I can use for this recipes? I'm not familiar with wine collections.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 17th, 2017
      You can use any kind of white.
  51. Posted by Mara on
    Friday, March 3rd, 2017
    seafood Dish
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    Friday, March 3rd, 2017
    Shrimp Dish
  53. Posted by Shelly on
    Saturday, March 4th, 2017
    Made this last night and it was wonderful!
  54. Posted by Asma on
    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
    HI,This looks so amazing but I have never made it as i don't want to use the wine....and I can't figure out what to substitute it with?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 17th, 2017
      You can use cooking wine, if you'd like. Or just omit with a broth. It's really only added for flavor, but you can use another kind of liquid.
  55. Posted by Erin on
    Friday, November 16th, 2018
    Made this today, delicious! Added old bay and chicken to the original recipe, so so good!
  56. Posted by Marilyn Lee on
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019
    This is a wonderful and easy pasta dish. I used scallops this time and will make it again and again and again!!! Thank you so much! Fellow Pinner - I Can't Stop Cooking
  57. Posted by SHANNON STANFIELD on
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
  58. Posted by MELISSA CRAIG on
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
    Second time making this dish tonight and I couldn't be more pleased. Everything goes so well together! I do substitute the pasta for cauliflower rice and add in after I add the shrimp to the sauce. It soaks up all the flavors and it super low in calories! This is one of my favorite recipes now!
  59. Posted by Patricia on
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
    The reason you do not rinse your pasta is because, the sauce will not adhere to the pasta. Start your water first make your meal and during that time drop your pasta in the water. All will end at the same time... no problem with the pasta not being done at the same time.