I'm not sure what sparked my craving for shrimp scampi, but I couldn't get the buttery, lemony shrimp pasta dish out of my mind. I've been trying to eat healthier though, so figured I could experiment with some zucchini noodles. Now, if you have a Zoodle Slicer or a Veggetti or whatever, this would go a lot faster, but I found julienning the zucchini worked just fine. It was actually quite therapeutic to slice and slice the zucchini until I had a colander full of thin strips.
Of course, you can use regular spaghetti noodles with this recipe if you wish, but I thought the buttery, lemony zucchini noodles and shrimp totally hit the spot.
Italian Shrimp Scampi Low Carb Zucchini "Noodles"
For 2 to 4 servings, you'll need:
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb zucchini, finely julienned or zoodled
4 to 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tblsps parsley, finely chopped
2 to 4 tblsps butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 large lemon, juiced
3/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Peel and devein 1 lb shrimp. Set aside.
Julienne or zoodle the zucchini. Set aside.
Finely mince about half a dozen cloves of garlic. Set aside.
Finely chop about 2 tblsps of parsley. Set aside.
In a large saucepan on medium-high heat, add a few tablespoons of butter and the minced garlic.
When the butter is mostly melted, add the shrimp. Sprinkle about 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper on top.
After the shrimp have turned pink, flip. Add the juice of 1 large lemon. Then drizzle about 3/4 cups white wine or chicken broth.
Remove the shrimp and set aside. Stir the lemon butter mixture and let it simmer for about 5 to 8 minutes until the sauce has thickened to your liking.
Taste. Adjust seasonings if necessary.
Then add the zucchini noodles and parsley to the pan.
Toss to coat evenly.
When the zucchini has softened to your liking, add the shrimp back in and toss again.
Top with Parmesan cheese.
Tastes great and feels healthier to eat a big bowl of vegetables.
Other seafood pasta recipes:
Italian Clam and Shrimp Fettuccine
Lasagna with Salmon and Spinach
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