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

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

Ingredients:

  •  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

Directions: 

  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
     

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  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
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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
      yay!!
  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.