Garlicky Pasta with Grilled Shrimp & Asparagus

This grilled garlic-shrimp pasta with asparagus is a great way to have a fancy dinner on the table in minutes, and it's perfect for any night of the week.

Grilled Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus
Photo: Andrea Mathis
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound penne, preferably whole-wheat

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • cup grated Romano cheese

  • 1 pound large shrimp (21-30 count), peeled and deveined

  • 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed

  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat grill to medium.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook penne according to package directions. Drain.

  3. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth, cream, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in cheese and the penne.

  4. Meanwhile, lightly coat shrimp and asparagus with cooking spray and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, until the shrimp are opaque and the asparagus is tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

  5. When cool enough to handle, chop asparagus and stir into the pasta. Serve topped with the grilled shrimp.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

482 Calories
16g Fat
60g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 482
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Vitamin A 920IU 18%
Sodium 415mg 18%
Potassium 728mg 15%

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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