Creamy Lemon Pasta with Shrimp


Yogurt makes a fine substitute for cream in the sauce for this easy pasta recipe. Just warm the yogurt (do not boil) and add some pasta-cooking water to thin it out. Lemon and fresh basil brighten up the whole-wheat pasta and complement the shrimp in this quick dinner recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 cups


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined raw shrimp (21-25 count)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 cups loosely packed arugula

  • ¼ cup whole-milk plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil


  1. Bring 7 cups of water to a boil. Add fettuccine, stirring to separate the noodles. Cook until just tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water and drain.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink and curled, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.

  3. Add butter to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add arugula and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Add the fettuccine, yogurt, lemon zest and the reserved cooking water, 1/4 cup at a time, tossing well, until the fettuccine is fully coated and creamy. Add the shrimp, lemon juice and salt, tossing to coat the fettuccine. Remove from the heat and toss with Parmesan.

  4. Serve the fettuccine topped with basil and more Parmesan, if desired.


Tip: For the most sustainable shrimp option, look for packages sporting the MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood (wild) or ASC Certified (farmed) seal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
14g Fat
46g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 57%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Vitamin A 1158IU 23%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 67mcg 17%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Calcium 208mg 16%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 125mg 30%
Potassium 626mg 13%

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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