The spring flavors of asparagus and pesto combine beautifully with fettuccine and shrimp in a light and simple pasta dish that works for family or casual entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a tomato-and-arugula salad tossed with mustard-balsamic vinaigrette and fruit sorbet for dessert. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions specify. Add asparagus and continue cooking until the pasta and asparagus are just tender, about 3 minutes more. Reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water, drain the fettuccine and asparagus and return to the pot. Stir in peppers and pesto. Cover to keep warm.

    Advertisement
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 3 minutes. Add wine, increase heat to high and continue cooking until the shrimp are curled and the wine is reduced, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and the reserved cooking water to the pasta; toss to coat. Season with pepper and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; 7.7 g total fat; 1.7 g saturated fat; 99 mg cholesterol; 268 mg sodium. 310 mg potassium; 34 g carbohydrates; 5.6 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 19 g protein; 777 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 92 mcg folate; 145 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 85 mg magnesium;

Reviews (17)

Read More Reviews
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2018
This is very simple but overall I thought it turned out bland. I added lemon pepper to the shrimp and cooked it in oil and garlic instead of wine. My pesto was homemade but a week old. So I will probably make the pesto fresh next time for better flavor. I used fresh bell pepper instead of jarred peppers. I felt like I needed to season the dish after plating. I may try squeezing a lemon into it next time or add sauteed onion. I like the potential versatility of this dish. I did not yield 6 servings out of this. 4 at best if you are following the recipe quantities exactly. The serving size suggested is too large to yield 6 servings and if you adjusted it to yield the 6 servings we would have ended up with 3/4 C pasta and 4 shrimp each. Which is fine if you add a salad or something with this but generally a little too small for a full meal. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2014
Bland! This was terrible and a waste of shrimp. So very bland. Will not make again. Pros: Easy to Make Cons: No flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2014
Change directions to kick it up a notch Instead of overcooking the shrimp sear them quickly over medium-high heat and remove from non-stick fry pan before proceeding with wine reduction. Make a stock out of the shrimp shells an onion and a couple of carrots bring to boil and simmer for about an hour then cook the noodles and asparagus in that. add a little stock to the pan when reducing the wine. This REALLY boosts the flavor. Read More
Advertisement
Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2013
I thought this was OK. It was missing something so I added a squeeze of lemon juice to it on the plate which improved the flavor greatly. I actually thought it was better as leftovers and enjoyed it for lunch for a couple of days. Pros: Easy Healthy Quick Cons: Somewhat bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2013
The only changes I made to the recipe were that I doubled the roasted pepper and added some garlic in with the shrimp. It was a bit bland and needed something so I finished it with a squeeze of lemon juice which helped tremendously. Also it was better for lunch the next day. Pros: Easy healthy quick Cons: A bit bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2013
Quick Fix My family and I enjoyed the dish so much that I made two batches of the pasta dish. However I substituted whole grain thin spaghetti for the linguine because my family doesn't like thick pasta. Next time I'm going to try the recipe substitution I saw and replace the roasted red peppers with sun dried tomatoes. Read More
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2012
So tasty I made a few substitutions: I used snow peas in place of asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes in place of the roasted red peppers simply because I already had them on hand and wouldn't have to make a trip to the store. It still worked out fantastically and my family loved it! Will be making it again very soon! Pros: Ease Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This has become one of my signature pasta recipes!! My family loves it - it has so many layers of flavor from the fresh pesto and the white wine. Give this one a try - healthy and easy to make. At the end of the summer when basil is readily available make up a couple batches of pesto and freeze it. That makes this recipe so much quicker and easier to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'm not a big shrimp lover but this recipe was delicious. It wasn't drowning in pesto - just enough. The asparagus made it even better! My husband loved it and he's not easy to please. This is a real keeper! J. Principe NYC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Tonight I needed a recipe that I could prepare with things on hand...& this was it! The only substitution I made was sun dried tomatoes (not in oil) in place of the peppers. It was quick easy and very tasty. No one guessed this was put together in a pinch! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was absolutely delicious! I did double the pesto sauce & used the sundried tomatoes as a substitute for the peppers & topped with fresh parmesan cheese. This is definitely a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'm going to try this tonight. This is just the recipe I was looking for. Our friend just gave us some fresh asparagus from his garden and I want to prepare it in a quick and simple way. Thank you Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Quick extremely tasty and easy. Every time I make it folks are impressed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We made it last night with chicken and broccoli and my kids loved it! Can't wait to try it with the shrimp and asparagus!! YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My daughter had grocery shopped and were planning another dish but lucky for us we had exactly what we needed on hand. Everyone loved it and it's definitely on the family's most requested list. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was just okay. I doubt I'd make it again. I like that it's low calorie and easy to make. I think there has to be a way to incorporate great flavor and health.. I will keep looking. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
MY HUSBAND IS A DIABETIC. I WAS LOOKING FOR A RECIPE WITH WHOLE GRAIN PASTA. WE BOTH LOVED IT! I JUST MADE IT WHEN MY SISTER WAS VISITING FROM FLORIDA. SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HEALTHY AND AWESOME. Read More