Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti – Italian At Its Best

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This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti dish turned out to be one of the easiest, fastest and the most delicious weeknight dinners. My family absolutely loved it.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti in a skillet with fork

Quick and Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti

If you are short on time but crave real Italian pasta dish look no further. This Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti recipe will not disappoint you. The dinner will be on a table in 20 minutes.

Every weekend I make it a point to take a trip to my local Trader Joe’s supermarket to buy ingredients for the next week’s dinners.

As I’m sure most of you can attest, it’s not easy to plan ahead for an entire week and then make a shopping list to go along with it. I often ask my husband what he feels we should make for dinner during the week, and sometimes he throws out suggestions that weren’t even crossing my mind. These curve balls of his can sometimes turn out to be brilliant.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta on a fork

The other weekend he simply suggested: “Why don’t we have pasta with shrimp?” And I thought…why not. We rarely have shrimp. But we do love them, especially Grilled Shrimp or these Gambas al Ajillo. There was only one “but,” he needed to pick up fresh, cleaned shrimp on Tuesday night on his way home. He replied that this wasn’t a problem.

So that Tuesday I sent my husband a text message to remind him to get cleaned shrimp. And let me tell you something, he is so awesome with everything he’s helping me with that sometimes he leaves me speechless.

He has absolutely no problem with diverting on his commute home from work in the city and stopping by the local grocery store to get ingredients I may have either missed on my grocery missions or to pick up something that we need fresh. For this dish, I needed the fresh, cleaned shrimp to make this amazing spaghetti.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti - easiest, most delicious dinner ever. My family absolutely loves it - eatingeuropean.com

Pasta with shrimp in a skillet

I came home and my husband proudly presented me with the shrimp I’d requested. However, when I looked inside the shopping bag I found cooked shrimp….Bummer.

How could I make this delicious pasta for dinner if I have cooked shrimp? My husband looked at me puzzled and said that they look pretty “clean” to him. I needed to explain the difference between cleaned shrimp and cooked shrimp.

So the solution presented itself when my amazing husband simply got back into his car and went to the store to get these cleaned shrimp. There you have it…our weeknight dinner story…:)

Thank God it came out amazing; otherwise, his second trip to the supermarket would’ve been totally worthless. This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti was so good that as I draft this post, these pictures still taunt me.

How to Make Shrimp Scampi Pasta

And it is so easy to make.

  • Boil some pasta according to instructions (I used spaghetti but any long pasta will work well in this recipe);
  • Just season shrimp with salt, pepper, and chili;
  • In a saucepan heat up some butter and oil; and
  • Add shallots, garlic, shrimp, & wine…
  • Mix with pasta and some pasta water …and
  • It’s done!

See the printable recipe below for more details. If you have little time during the week and want to have this excellent and easy dinner, then I encourage you to give this Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti a try.


This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti dish turned out to be one of the easiest, fastest and the most delicious weeknight dinners.

This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti dish turned out to be one of the easiest, fastest and the most delicious weeknight dinners.

Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Recipe

This Easy Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti dish turned out to be one of the easiest, fastest and the most delicious weeknight dinners.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Edyta


  • 1/2 pound Spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoon butter unsalted or ghee
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 shallot small, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine dry
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 10-12 Shrimp medium, fresh, cleaned
  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Boil a large pot of salty water for pasta;
  • Cook spaghetti according to instructions for al dente;
  • Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water;
  • In the meantime, in a skillet, heat up 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil;
  • Add shallots and cook for 2 minutes;
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute;
  • Season shrimp with salt, pepper and ancho chili;
  • Add shrimp to the skillet and cook on both sides until pink about 2-3 minutes;
  • Remove the shrimp from the skillet and keep it warm;
  • Add wine, lemon juice and bring to boil;
  • Add another tablespoon of butter and olive oil;
  • Return shrimp to skillet with pasta, parsley and some pasta water (add as much pasta water as you want, to create a sauce);
  • Stir everything together and adjust seasoning as desired with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


The recipe calls for spaghetti pasta but you can use any long pasta you have.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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This recipe was originally posted on January 11, 2015, and was since updated to provide additional information.

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  1. 5 stars
    We had a friend that brought cooked shrimp instead of raw shrimp. I said, Hello? Food Blogger? We all got a good laugh and use the cooked shrimp for appetizer! This pasta dish, though certainly required raw shrimp and looks simply divine! I might just make it dinner! Thanks for the inspiration!

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