Creamy Lemon Pasta with Shrimp for Two


This healthy dinner recipe comes together in record time thanks to quick-cooking shrimp. Lemon juice brightens the sauce while yogurt adds creaminess. This recipe was adapted from our popular Creamy Lemon Pasta with Shrimp to serve two instead of four.

Creamy Lemon Pasta with Shrimp for Two
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine

  • 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 ounces peeled and deveined raw shrimp (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped garlic

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 cups loosely packed arugula

  • 2 tablespoons whole-milk plain yogurt

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. 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 medium 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, 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.


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)

365 Calories
13g Fat
33g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Vitamin A 913IU 18%
Sodium 411mg 18%
Potassium 365mg 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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