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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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

403 calories; protein 35.9g 72% DV; carbohydrates 54g 17% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 10.2g 41% DV; sugars 13.6g; fat 6.2g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 181.3mg 60% DV; vitamin a iu 3628.6IU 73% DV; vitamin c 75mg 125% DV; folate 259.5mcg 65% DV; calcium 325mg 33% DV; iron 3.9mg 21% DV; magnesium 140.6mg 50% DV; potassium 878.3mg 25% DV; sodium 1322.8mg 53% DV; thiamin 0.6mg 58% DV.

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2017
I had no asparagus so I used zucchini. Absolutely fabulous. My husband called it "exquisite!" and not very difficult either. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2017
Made a slightly different variation tonight. Didn't have asparagus so used green beans instead. Sauteed the garlic and peppers first in part EVOO and part Coconut Oil. Then added the green beans peas a pinch of salt some black pepper and some wine. I added only 2 teaspoons of Plain Greek Yogurt parsley a small amount of lemon juice and a bit more pepper. I topped the pasta with all of it and added Parmesan cheese. Excellent! I took a picture of it and added it to my Instagram account at "just_living_loving_life" if you care to see the final product. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2016
Me and my son liked this though my boyfriend wasn't a fan if you don't like the taste or find its missing something a little parmesan cheese ontop makes it over the top delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2013
What a mixed review recipe! I really enjoyed it! 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 and added extra black pepper and for me sprinkled on some chili flakes. I would make this again for sure! Pros: Easy healthy summer meal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2013
Delicious! I made this dish and I love that I didn't have to do anything else but make the sauce. I did substitute the shrimp with chicken because my boyfriend is allergic to shell fish. So while the pasta was boiling i took 1oz chicken breast and chopped it in 1 pieces. Heated up canola oil in a skillet and cooked it through then put it off to the side. At the end I added it in with everything and it was amazing!!!! Pros: Easy quick amazing Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/04/2013
I think this would be better if the sauce and veggies were cooked separately and then the pasta added to that. I would also add more spice and garlic to the dish. Pros: this recipe is good inspiratio Cons: i will probably make this sauce again but with my own variation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2012
Good with a few tweaks So after reading all the reviews I wasn't sold on following this recipe verbatum. I cooked the pasta separately drained and let cool. Meanwhile I heated the olive oil and garlic then cooked the peppers and asparagus until tender-crisp (I omitted the peas for my husband). Once almost done I tossed in the shrimp and continued cooking until they were pink. I removed from the heat and let cool a little. For the sauce I mixed the 6oz's of yogurt 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice cilantro (as much as you prefer) and curry power (again as much as you like) and finished it with a pinch of salt and some pepper. I tossed the vegies shrimp and pasta with about 2 tablespoons of the sauce. I served it with the remaining sauce on the side so we could add to individual plates if we wanted. Very good! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/25/2012
Too Yogurty I don't know if it was because I used Greek yogurt but I could not stand the sauce. It quite literally tasted like I dumped yogurt on top of my pasta was hoping the other flavors would dilute that but they did not. Ended up picking out the shrimp and some veggies and tossing the rest in the garbage (that's how bad it was). Pros: Quick Cons: Yogurt sauce nightmare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2012
Good but too much lemon This was really good filling and healthy though my husband and I both agreed that this dish needs less lemon. Despite that we both think it's a make-again. I'll just use less lemon juice next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2012
This was good! This was really good although I added more garlic per reviews. My husband can't do yogurt so I substituted it with 1/4 c white wine & 1/2 c plain soy milk then I thickened it by adding 3/4 teas xanthan gum (added 1/8 t at a time) until desired thickness. We enjoyed this very much and thought the wine and garlic was so delicious! Perfect light meal for summer with angel hair or winter meal with different pasta. Pros: Flavorful due to wine & garlic Cons: Added more garlic & substituted with wine Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2012
Delicious and unique This dish was amazing and a new favorite for my husband and I. I added extra garlic and a little more salt along with a pinch of red pepper based on the other reviews. We loved it! I'm making again for dinner tonight! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2012
I liked it (except for the asparagus) my husband didn't but he's pretty picky. The cook time is right on the money so I liked that its a quick & easy meal. I would make it again if he would eat it. Pros: quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is great dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish is pretty good. Slightly bland. I feel that it needs a bit more garlic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It's amazing that this dish is low in calories I feel so full after eating it. Great dish but the sauce was a bit bland even after I added extra garlic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
The sauce is very bland but as I was mixing it together I added some Mrs. Dash- Tomato Basil & Garlic to the sauce and also added a little bit of hot sauce to spice it up. It turned out GREAT. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great dish! I really enjoyed this. It was easy to make and was very light. I didn't change the recipe except to double it and the leftovers were great the next day. Don't leave out the pine nuts! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Made "as is" the first time Made this last night for the first time and followed the recipe almost perfectly; I left out the pine nuts. I really enjoyed the brief cooking of the vegetables and shrimp in the pasta water. I think I would have zested the lemon and used maybe 3/4 of the recommended amount of lemon juice. I like the addition of more herbs that others have suggested. I would also throw in some extra garlic and a little zing of red pepper flakes for a spicier version. This recipe for 2 made us 4 servings and I happily packed the leftovers for lunch. Already sent a copy off to my best friend and my sister. Pros: Great one bowl meal for two. Cons: Balancing flavors based on taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish! This was super tasty and SO easy! I made a few minor adjustments based on the reviews: -used 3 good sized cloves of garlic -added a few dashes of hot sauce to the sauce -didn't use red pepper (personal preference!) Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner will definitely be putting in regular rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Lovely Quick and Easy Dish! This was incredibly easy and good. I was a little hesitant because I wasn't sure what to expect from a "yogurt sauce" but I was pleasantly surprised! Followed the recipe exactly with the exception of buying a bag of "steam in the microwave" veggies that I added at the very end and using Ronzoni Garden Delight spaghetti for an even more veggie filled meal next time I make this I will however leave out the asparagus personal preference. The garlic wasn't overpowering it had a strong lemony flavor and was a tasty healthy summer meal! I served this with a lovely Mediterranean Salad and it fit perfectly. Def a keeper in my home. Pros: Healthy Flavorful Quick Easy Satisfying Read More