Linguine with Lemon Alfredo Shrimp


This bright and lemony shrimp pasta dish was inspired by traditional Alfredo but comes in at only a fraction of the fat and calories. Reduced-fat cream cheese adds body to the sauce, while Parmesan cheese adds its signature robust flavor. This recipe calls for brown rice pasta, which is gluten-free, but if gluten is not a concern for you feel free to serve this sauce over regular linguine or fettucine—or any pasta you like!

Linguine with Lemon Alfredo Shrimp
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk

  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 ounce reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into pieces

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 8 ounces brown rice linguine or fettuccine pasta

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ cup frozen green peas, thawed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Combine milk and garlic in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; process with an immersion blender (or a high-powered blender) until smooth, about 1 minute. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in Parmesan, cream cheese and lemon zest until smooth and melted. Cover to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Rinse with warm water.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, until opaque, about 3 minutes. Add the Parmesan sauce, pasta and peas; toss to coat. Add the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Divide among 4 bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

339 Calories
14g Fat
30g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 339
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Vitamin A 893IU 18%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 447mg 19%
Calcium 319mg 25%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 73mg 17%
Potassium 466mg 10%

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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