Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas

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Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.This Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas is a deliciously crispy, slightly spicy, cheesy, lemon-y and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad. 

My favorite shrimp scampi dish is an Ina Garten one that I saw her make probably a half dozen years ago. Baked in a dish, it is an indulgent, beautifully presented plate. My biggest hesitation in bringing it into our normal rotation is that it calls for 12 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. That is one tablespoon shy of 2 full cups of fat! As much as I love it, every time we eat it I feel a pit in my stomach just knowing that. This recipe has half the fat, and is just as crispy and indulgent.  It’s a bit more involved than some of my five ingredient or one pan meals like the Chicken with Garlic and Peas in White Wine Sauce or the Chicken and Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole but it is an absolutely delightful meal!

Look, I am not one to claim that my recipes are low fat or that I don’t use butter and oil… I mean c’mon you’ve seen the Ice Cream Burger and the Oreo Cookie White Chocolate Cookie Pies.  The difference is those recipes are treats, eaten in small portions every so often.  I am a strong believer in enjoying your food and balancing it with lots of healthy meals around the indulgent one and a healthy addiction to your exercise of choice. For me, that is my spin addiction. But even I sometimes have to make alternate versions just so I can actually sit down and enjoy my meal, otherwise I’d be eating 1/16th of the recipe because in my head all I can think about is butter. Thhhhhhaaaattttt being said, I know this is still not a “light” or “low fat” dish… just a delicious one!

Set pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. (I use about a tablespoon of salt to the water).
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and add crushed buttery crackers.
Cook until crackers are crisped and browned. Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad. Remove from pan and reserve in small bowl. Add pasta to boiling salted water and cook one minute shy of directions on the box. Wipe frying pan clean with paper towel. Add salt and pepper to taste on the shrimp. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in the pan on medium high. Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes on each side, until just cooked through. Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.
Remove shrimp from the pan. (save yourself from making another plate dirty, just sit the shrimp on top of the cooked buttery crackers. They are all going in the same pan in just a minute anyway!). Drain the pasta.  Add white wine to the pan and whisk with the olive oil for a few seconds until it just comes to a boil. Turn off the heat and add in the butter. Whisk until the butter is combined. Add the pasta to the pan with the shrimp and mix.Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.
Add in the frozen peas, Parmesan cheese and buttery crackers, toss again.Top with fresh parsley if desired. Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.

Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.

Don’t worry, I still love you Ina 😉

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Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas

Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thin spaghetti
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb 21-25 count raw shrimp , peeled and deveined with tail on
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon , zested and juiced
  • 4 tbsp butter , divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 20 buttery crackers , crushed into pieces and crumbs
  • 6 oz . shredded parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz . frozen peas

Instructions

  1. Set pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. (I use about a tablespoon of salt to the water).
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and add crushed buttery crackers.
  3. Cook until crackers are crisped and browned.
  4. Remove from pan and reserve in small bowl.
  5. Add pasta to boiling salted water and cook one minute shy of directions on the box.
  6. Wipe frying pan clean with paper towel.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste on the shrimp.
  8. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in the pan on medium high.
  9. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes on each side, until just cooked through.
  10. Remove shrimp from the pan. (save yourself from making another plate dirty, just sit the shrimp on top of the cooked buttery crackers. They are all going in the same pan in just a minute anyway!)
  11. Drain the pasta.
  12. Add white wine and lemon (juice and zest) to the pan and whisk with the olive oil for a few seconds until it just comes to a boil.

  13. Turn off the heat and add in the butter.
  14. Whisk until the butter is combined.
  15. Add the pasta to the pan with the shrimp and mix.
  16. Add in the frozen peas, Parmesan cheese and buttery crackers, toss again.
  17. Top with fresh parsley if desired.

Crispy Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Parmesan & Peas. A deliciously crispy, spicy, cheesy and buttery shrimp pasta dish that elevates a shrimp scampi to a higher level with buttery crispy crackers instead of a panko crust. Perfect with a glass of white wine and a light salad.

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