Toss a garlicky, Middle Eastern-inspired yogurt sauce with pasta, shrimp, asparagus, peas and red bell pepper for a fresh, satisfying summer meal. Serve with: Slices of cucumber and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2010

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook 2 minutes less than package directions. Add shrimp, asparagus, bell pepper and peas and cook until the pasta is tender and the shrimp are cooked, 2 to 4 minutes more. Drain well.

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  • Mash garlic and salt in a large bowl until a paste forms. Whisk in yogurt, parsley, lemon juice, oil and pepper. Add the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts (if using).

Tips

Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Look for shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

To toast pine nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

361 calories; 5.6 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 109 mg cholesterol; 949 mg sodium. 827 mg potassium; 53.3 g carbohydrates; 10.2 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 28 g protein; 3526 IU vitamin a iu; 75 mg vitamin c; 255 mcg folate; 292 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 128 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;

Reviews (79)

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80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 51
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2019
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2016
Great recipe! Recommend adding Parmesan To it and swapping parsley for coriander! Will definitely do it again! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/31/2016
Too bland needs more spices or something to combat the overpoweringly bland taste of the yogurt. Or better yet find a different recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2016
Add more pasta This recipe works well with a full pound of pasta 1 cup of pasta cooking water. With those changes it made 4 very tasty dinner servings. Pros: Delicious fresh easy Cons: Ratios are off Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2015
Fresh light and reminiscent of the Mediterranean. I loved this dinner my family loved this dinner and guests loved this dinner. After some of the reviews I made the sauce and TASTED it first before I put it on the shrimp and vegetables just in case I didn't like it. That was not a problem as I like tart and lemony food. And it very definitely reminded me of light dinners in Italy and Greece. I also thought the peas were actually a great addition as they offset a bit of that tartness. I made fresh grated Parmesan and ground pepper available as well. Pros: Very quick lovely taste filling and satisfies pasta cravings Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/07/2015
The sauce is weird but not terrible. I wouldn't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2015
refreshing and yummy I have always loved a white rich cream sauce but am trying to be a bit healthier. This is such a refreshing tangy pasta. Its great hot or cold. After reading comments I used regular yogurt instead of low fat. Do NOT use greek yogurt it is much thicker and the sauce will not turn out perfect and creamy. My boyfriend loved it. I will definitely make again. I thought it had lots of flavor was different and delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2015
I love this recipe - amazing the difference we all have in taste Wow - upon reading the repeated reviews for this I'm surprised - this is one of my favorite recipes - I love the tart flavor. Perhaps it is important to make with good pasta and like one reviewer said - regular yogurt - not low fat - I love the freshness. Pros: easy and quick to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2014
Good with a few tweaks The reason there are so many complaints about the sauce flavor is because low fat or fat free yogurt is just so wrong. Use real yogurt people! Look at the difference in calories between reduced fat yogurt and the good stuff. Not a big difference. And look at all the ingredients you can't pronounce in the low fat yogurt. You don't want that in your bod. For this recipe I use plain goat yogurt and it's awesome. Any plain whole yogurt would be good! You might be tempted to try with Greek yogurt but don't! (It's too thick to make nice creamy sauce.) I use whatever veggies I have on hand like sugar snap peas and broccoli rabe. I added some shallots to the sauce too. So so good! Cons: Use better yogurt! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/04/2014
Don't waste your time The sauce was awful! We rinsed off the veggies shrimp and pasta to salvage something edible. The sauce tasted like sour chalk. I cook with yogurt very frequently and thought this would be good but I was so very wrong. Pros: Good veggie and shrimp mix Cons: Sauce Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/05/2014
I liked how easy it was to make and I liked the ingredients. My husband loved this recipe whereas I couldn't even finish a plate. I found tangy and bland. To me it simply tasted like plain yogurt on noodles. I won't be making it again and I am very thankful I didn't serve it to anyone but my husband Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2013
Don't bother Wired combination that doesn't go well together and simply wastes time money and effort on making a disappointing meal. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/15/2013
Needs tweaking I cooked this with many tweaks. I only made one serving of this so it was easy. cooked quinoa pasta and peas in one boiling water pot ( why does everyone here hate the peas in this?). I then cooked the shrimp in garlic olive oil lemon white wine & red pepper. I mixed plain regular yogurt with sour cream & lemon in the bottom of a bowl. Then when all was done I added the pasta peas & shrimp to the bowl & mixed it all in. Added parmesan pine nuts & parsley and I thought is was pretty good & filling! I'm eating my dinner in halves tonight! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2013
Good recipe with a tweak next time Omit the peas wrong flavor and texture for this combo. Added more garlic and lemon juice. Loved the yogurt sauce but reduced the amount. Very tasty. Pros: Loved the tang from the yogurt garlic and lemon. Cons: Omit the peas. They add a unwelcome sweet to the lemony garlic flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2013
Delicious I made this for my husband and father in law and we all loved it. It's a little tangy but I like that creamy and I didn't feel guilty about eating it. Pros: Fresh and light Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/03/2013
Great except for the tangy off-taste of the sauce I am a registered dietitian and I loved the idea of this recipe but agree with many comments that the flavor is a bit too tangy and the texture too runny. I used plain Greek yogurt instead (personalrd.com) and the result was much better! Pros: Lots of veggies lower fat than alfredo sauce Cons: tangy off-taste Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/10/2013
Sauce makes this a waste of good shrimp and veggies The sauce was just too weird tasting with the yogurt. If I made this again I would find just a normal Alfredo or other sauce. It ended up being a huge waste of money good shrimps and good veggies because we didn't eat it. Pros: Shrimp lots of good vegatables Cons: The Sauce Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2013
Easy and delicious! I've never seen such a controversial recipe! Seems like you love it or hate it! I read through some comments and decided to use 50% reduced fat creme fraiche instead of yogurt. everything else was exactly like the recipe. It was delicious and a perfect summer-time meal. I shaved on some parmesan before serving and sprinkled on some chili flakes for me. I would make this again for sure! Pros: easy ingredients Cons: controversial sauce! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/19/2013
Too much garlic and the sauce was weird Was way too much garlic and the sauce went weird when we mixed it with the pasta wouldn't eat it again Pros: none Cons: Just about able to eat..... just! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2013
Loved it! To each their own but I really enjoyed this meal! It's something different...definitely tasty! Pros: Easy Bright Flavors Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2013
Great Recipe! I really enjoyed this recipe! I made a couple changes; chicken instead of shrimp (I don't like shrimp) and I omitted the red peppers and added mushrooms. I love the tangy tart flavour it was a nice change from everyday pasta! Easy to make yummy dish Pros: Different tangy flavour Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2013
Interesting for sure! First off boiling everything in a big pot together is odd. I have never cooked anything like that before. I only used one tablespoon of lemon because I knew my kids would complain and I'm glad I did. Sauce has a tart taste. I liked it. Kids didn't but they don't like anything. The raw garlic is harsh even for me and I like raw garlic. Maybe cut back on the garlic or saute first in the olive oil to take that strong bite away. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Little heavy on the garlic Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2013
DO NOT LISTEN TO NEGATIVE REVIEWS! I make this recipe ALL the time and I love it every time I make it. My friends love it my boyfriend loves it my kids love it... and its easy. I'm so glad I did not listen to the negative reviews for the recipe! Its super easy and yummy! Pros: Everything Cons: Nothing Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2013
Very good I liked this but when I make it again I will use less lemon juice. It made it a bit more tangy than I prefer. I used greek yogurt and it was a healthier alternative and had the same great taste. Pros: very filling Cons: a little too tangy for my taste Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/25/2013
The sauce was absolutely awful. Luckily I only made one serving so I didn't waste too many vegetables. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/15/2013
A waste of good shrimp and veggies If you feel like purchasing and preparing some great ingredients and then ruining them make this recipe. Literally anything other than this sauce would make this a better dish. Chocolate syrup ice cream or Mountain Dew would have made a better sauce. One suggestions if you plan on making this for dinner make sure you have a dinner reservation at a local restaurant for later that night. Gross!! Pros: Shrimp and veggies are great ingredients Cons: Worst sauce I have ever tasted Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2013
I don't know why so many people dislike this dish...it's something different and tasty! Sure it has a tang and a bite but I for one enjoyed the change from regular boring ol' pasta sauce. If your not an adventurer of flavor and are turned off by bold tastes perhaps this dish is better left untouched by you. definitely not an alfredo sauce people. Love it in the summer with a nice glass of white wine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2013
Definitely a keeper The changes I made: -Chicken for the shrimp -no peas (I don't like the texture of shrimp or peas) -Greek yogurt -fresh lemon -angel hair pasta It is definitely not a traditional pasta dish but I really enjoyed the flavor combinations present. If you like tangy Greek style flavors I would definitely give it a try. If you're looking for more of a warm comfort pasta dish you should probably pass this one up. Pros: Light tangy refreshing Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2012
please don't read the negative feedback! I am glad that I didn't let the negative reviews scare me away. This dish is so good. i made it last night and i just had 2 servings of leftovers for lunch and loved every bite. It's true that it is NOT a shrimp alfredo type of dish. The sauce is less 'italian' in nature and more mediterranean (like the description says). You definitely don't want to heat the sauce. Just make sure the pasta is hot and add the sauce at room temp or refrigerated if leftovers. You will love it-it's very tasty and very different:) Pros: easy delicious even good the next day Cons: disappointing if you're expecting alfredo sauce Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/10/2012
So sorry to have wasted a meal. The recipe looked so good but the sauce ruined it! We ended up just eating the veggies and shrimp and threw out the pasta with the funky sauce! Pros: Great veggie and shrimp combo. Cons: Sauce is not good! Make sure your pallet can handle this kind of sauce before you make it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2012
definitely a summer pasta I was pretty hesitant to try this recipe given all the negative reviews but I had pretty much everything for it already so why not? I did use half the lemon juice since that had come up a lot used Greek yogurt instead of regular since I've heard it's creamier and won't curdle and put in a few more garlic cloves because my boyfriend and I are big garlic fans. First bite was interesting but as I kept eating it I realized I really liked it! I definitely think it's a good summer pasta since it's more refreshing and won't make you feel toooo heavy afterward. The yogurt-y taste is much more mild the day after too. I found myself slurping up the sauce... If you're thinking you'll taste something like alfredo sauce then of course you'll be disappointed. But I personally thought it was very good very refreshing and loaded with good stuff! PS. The toasted pine nuts really added to it delish! Pros: easy healthy refreshing Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/07/2012
Weird Sauce bad Combination This recipe was horrible. I followed it closely at first (minus half the lemon juice) to see if the other reviewers who gave it a bad review were wrong. When I finished with the normal recipe and it turned out poorly I followed a few different tweeks to the recipe (added cilantro and parsley) (then added more garlic) (then tried a little parmesan) and none of the tweeks made it much more edible. It saddens me to say that there really is no saving this recipe and I would recommend just moving on to something more edible. The ingredients just don't blend well together. Pros: Made from a bunch of great tasting ingredients. Cons: The ingredients don't taste good together. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/01/2012
dont make this I've been using serveral of these recipes and this is the first one to completely let me down. GROSS!!! dont waste your time. good luck if you decide to make this you'll need to go buy dinner after Pros: none Cons: bland bitter Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/02/2012
Gross This is the most horrible dish I have ever made. It looks boring and taste boring. I ate one spoon and threw the rest to garbage what a waste! You definitely need to read reviews before you cook. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/26/2012
Boyfriend says it sucks. It could have been my shrimp although I used frozen and the expiration date was no where near up yet. The sause tasted like bathroom cleaner my boyfriends said. It was pretty gross and I am Miss Health food lover and not picky to say the least I will try things that I can't even identify. Pros: Easy to make and healthy Cons: Tastes like Pinesol Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/03/2012
So sour! We hated this recipe because the greek yogurt made it way too sour. I will not be making this again! Pros: Nothing Cons: Too sour and no one liked it! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/22/2012
I found the sauce to be bland. I had to keep adding things to it to get any flavor out of it. I am not the biggest fan of asparagus and thats the only thing I kept tasting. My friends thought it was alright but did not recommend I make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2012
Very tasty but ease up on the lemon juice Very fast and easy to make. Love that you throw it all together at the end. Makes a very nice presentation. Could halve the lemon juice though. It is a bit tart but my 7 year old cleaned her plate. Enough said.:) Pros: Quick easy flavorful Cons: A bit too tart/lemony Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/04/2011
Curdled I used Greek yogurt mind you but it curdled when I put it with the pasta. Pros: Fast and easy Cons: Curdled yogurt was not appetizing Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I used broccoli instead of asparagus and I added half the amount of salt the recipe called for but it was still a bit too salty. Also prepare the sauce before you cook everything else it took me longer to make than it took the pasta to boil which left everything lukewarm at the end. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I used Greek yogurt and it curdled when I added the hot pasta mixture. Tasty ok but looked awful. Used chicken instead of shrimp. Also used less salt. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutly love this recipe!!! I added fresh green beans more garlic than called for (I love garlic) and scallops to it as well as the other veggies noted. I dont like asparagus (yuck) but I love it in this!! I seared the scallops before I put them in the mix and I used alread cooked deveined and peeled shrimp so I added it last. Will be added to our recipes to make often!! Thanks so much!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Decent dish. I like the convenience of cooking the whole thing in a single pot of boiling water but next time I will probably saute or grill the shrimp to add a little more flavor. We added a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes to boost the flavor profile slightly. The sauce was easy to make and made it while the pot of water was heating up. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Had this two nights ago. Marvelous!! I halved the recipe since there are only two of us. After the pasta/veggies were drained I rinsed them under cool water for just a couple of seconds and then waited a couple of minutes before I mixed them into the yogurt mixture. Definitely on our favorites list! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very delish! An easy week night dinner. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Amazing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The sauce masks the main ingredients' flavor instead of enhancing it. Was not fond of this dish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this last night and was very impressed; a few variations though: Cooked the shrimp on the BBQ. I tossed them in a paste of paprika cayenne salt smashed garlic clove lemon juice and olive oil. Also I cooked the pasta four minutes added the green beans (not an asparagus fan) after another two minutes added the pepper slices and peas and cooked another three minutes. I used greek yogurt and didn't have a problem with it curdling. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I used Greek yogurt without any problems. I also used shrimp that was already cooked and I just rinsed under cool water to defrost. Really good recipe that my husband and I loved! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Turned out pretty well! I ended up sauteing the garlic and veggies in 1-2 T olive oil until they were soft enough for us. Then I added the lemon juice and turned down the heat before adding the yogurt to the mixture. I also added a bit of garlic salt and 1.5 oz. mozarella cheese. Overall a nice dish! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I thought this dish was wonderful. It was healthy light and filling. I tried it for the first time with my boyfriend last week and we are having it for dinner again tonight! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I prefer to use vanilla yogurt for a much better taste!! For me using natural yogurt is to blant. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Loved it! Next time I'd add a little more shrimp than what the recipe called for but it'd be fantastic without the shrimp as a vegetarian modification of the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
At beginning I doubt with this recipe but due to my curiosity I made it for dinner but I changed asparagus with sweet corn. It really easy and surprisingly delicious it only took me 15 minutes to made it. Really good choice as dinner at working day. Thank you for the recipe! Ben & Lili Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
liked the idea of using yogurt as creamy sauce substitute however would recommend using less garlic Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
haven't made it yet but sounds delicous! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My family loved this stuff!!! Except it was WAY too much salt. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It was edible but I didn't like the flavor of the sauce all that much. It was quite easy to make but I wouldn't make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Do not waste your Asparagus on this recipe! Make the sauce as described but cook your shrimp and bellpeppers together separately add them to the pasta and the sauce at the end. Grill sautee or broil your asparagus separately and serve it as a side. You don't need peas at all. Keep the asparagus separate and you really have a five star recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
A great concept. My main advice grill the shrimp the peppers (before slicing) and the asparagus. Really! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Made this pasta dish this evening.. Its delicious! I also added chicken to it... Very filling. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I love the flavor! This is a "keeper". I grilled all the veggies and shrimp though and they are nice and crunchy. Used Greek yogurt and let everything cool a bit before adding to the sauce to prevent curdling. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was by far one of the best low calorie recipies I have come across. Only critique: no lemon. Not necessary. I LOVE garlic and the lemon took away from the flavor. Also I added grilled chicken DELICIOUS! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this dish last night for my husband and I it was really excellent! I read the other comments and made a few changes. I only put 1/2 tsp of salt I used baby frozen shrimp and I sauteed all the veggies and shrimp together while the spaghetti was cooking. It tasted fantastic! I will definitely be making this dish again real soon. - Anonymous Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Deliciously Fresh:) We loved Deliciously Fresh:) We loved this recipe. The only thing i would change next time is the bell pepper. Maybe add some broccoli. The vegetables didn't cook through which is great and kept this recipe very fresh crispy and O super healthy:) I would definitely make it again. Holistic Mom Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
OMG!!! This recipe is sooo good!! I couldn't find American style plain yogurt so I used plain low-fat Greek yogurt and it made the recipe even creamier. And it was very easy to make. This is definitely a recipe worth cooking. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Instead of peas and yogurt I added spinach and sour cream. Very good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I don't eat wheat but would substitute quinoa spaghetti; however the carbs are much higher. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Can't wait to make this wonderful recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
We made this just as the recipe stated. We liked it but didn't love it and our kids (8 & 3) didn't much care for it except for the shrimp (and the asparagus for the older one). I loved how quick and easy it was to make especially with putting everything in one pot to cook. I was happy with the way the veggies were cooked but felt the sauce needs 'tweaking' a bit. Just a bit - sour or something. Will look at all of the suggestions again. I think I would saute the garlic - odd that it was uncooked. I would also add a bit less lemon juice. We didn't find it salty. I would like to also add a bit of grilled chicken to make it more filling but that would also add to the amount of time. Like the idea of a bit of paprika and cayenne pepper to add a bit of zing to it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I really liked this! My husband was thrilled with it until I told him (when he was finished) that it was made with yogurt not cream;) I sauteed the pepper shrimp with some garlic as others suggested and would definitely recommend it. Omitted the asparagus only because I didn't have any. My 12 year old didn't care much for it while my 2 year old inhaled the pasta! It was even better the second day! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I sauteed the veggies made the sauce and put it all over spaghetti squash to cut down the carbs. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Nope! I love the vegie & shrimp combo in this but the sauce adds a funky tart flavor. Don't ruin the good veggies & shrimp Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great Doubled the recipe and between 5 people it was gone in 1 sitting! I may use a little less lemon juice next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Great with a few tweeks! Used rotissere chicken from grocery store instead of shrimp. Also added some low sodium non-fat chicken broth. This really helped cut the "yogart" taste. Also added a lot more cooked garlic. My family is from the south and loves good food! They actually thought this was a cream sauce!!!! Pros: Fast easy healthy Cons: sauce needed work Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Halve the lemon juice add cilantro and basil This was pretty plain when I was done and I stopped at 1.5 tbs of lemon juice because it was about to become too much. So I added 1/4 cup cilantro and a bit of basil to taste. It worked perfecty and was very good. If you find your sauce too liquidy boil off the liquid until the sauce sticks to the pasta and until there is none that sinks to the bottom. Although I like asparagus I think something else like broccoli or green pepper would work better in this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Delish! This was great- I used green beans instead and a little grated parmesan. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
tasty w/some mods substituted 8 oz can of cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup of lactaid (didn't have yogurt) and added paprika and a bit more garlic. left out the lemon juice. DELICIOUS!! very flavorful. will make again! Pros: low calorie low fuss quick dish Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
meh Well i made it exactly the way they told me to and i found it to be a little tangy/tart but not enough. Although the people i made it for liked it so i'll give them the recipe but i was not a fan. i found it to be really bland and although pretty to look at boring. However i must say i was quite relieved to see how many people made substitutions in the reviews. i think i'll try the recipe several more times with their changes. thanks reviewers! Pros: tart was good Cons: kinda bland Read More