Pasta with Asparagus and Shrimp

Fat-free half-and-half makes this elegant pasta dish rich and creamy, yet ideal for diabetic meal plans.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen medium shrimp in shells

  • 6 ounces dried whole wheat bow tie pasta

  • 12 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh lemon thyme or thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • cup fat-free half-and-half


  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact if desired. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions, adding the asparagus for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta mixture and return to pan.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and dried thyme (if using). Cook and stir for 10 seconds. Add shrimp; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half; reduce heat. Heat through. Remove from heat.

  3. Add shrimp mixture and fresh thyme (if using) to the pasta mixture in pan. Toss to coat. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
6g Fat
39g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Vitamin A 809IU 16%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 48mcg 12%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 6mg 32%
Magnesium 48mg 11%
Potassium 369mg 8%

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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