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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007


Recipe Summary

35 mins


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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.

  • 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; protein 19g; carbohydrates 34g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 2.3g; fat 7.7g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 98.6mg; vitamin a iu 776.8IU; vitamin c 4.2mg; folate 91.8mcg; calcium 145.3mg; iron 2.4mg; magnesium 85.2mg; potassium 309.5mg; sodium 267.6mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

Reviews (17)

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
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
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
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: 4 stars
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: 5 stars
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
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
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: 1 stars
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: 3 stars
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