Basil, considered to be a royal herb in ancient Greece, provides color and flavor in this quick, diabetic-friendly seafood and pasta recipe.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


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Instructions Checklist
  • Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact if desired.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions in water with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, adding asparagus the last 3 minutes of cooking; drain and return to pan. Cover and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat; add garlic; cook and stir 15 seconds. Add pepper strips; cook and stir 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add shrimp, dried basil, if using, lemon peel, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Remove from heat.

  • Add shrimp mixture to pasta mixture. Add snipped fresh basil, if using, the green onions, lemon juice and oil; toss gently to coat. Transfer to serving plates. If desired, garnish each serving with basil sprigs and/or lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 30.5g 61% DV; carbohydrates 39.1g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 4.1g; fat 6.2g 10% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 172.4mg 58% DV; vitamin a iu 1983IU 40% DV; vitamin c 58.9mg 98% DV; folate 223.2mcg 56% DV; calcium 97.6mg 10% DV; iron 5.2mg 29% DV; magnesium 77.6mg 28% DV; potassium 453.5mg 13% DV; sodium 464mg 19% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
I've made this a bunch of times and have altered the recipe a bit. Now it's a house favorite and it's super easy for a weeknight meal. I added a finely minced shallot in with the garlic and added a couple of table spoons of good EVOO and parmesan to the final toss. I use whole wheat spaghetti as my pasta. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
It was easy to make but lacked something in the seasoning. I like that it was light but my husband and I agreed it just didn't have enough flavor. I would welcome any suggestions to make the dish more flavorful without adding calories. Read More