Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables


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.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings, about 2 cups each


  • 6 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined raw shrimp (see Note), cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced

  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 ½ cups nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (see Tip; optional)


  1. 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.

  2. 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).

    Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables


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 (per serving)

361 Calories
6g Fat
53g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 361
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Vitamin A 3526IU 71%
Vitamin C 75mg 83%
Folate 255mcg 64%
Sodium 949mg 41%
Calcium 292mg 22%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 128mg 30%
Potassium 827mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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