Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables for Two

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables for Two

Toss a garlicky, Middle Eastern-inspired yogurt sauce with pasta, shrimp, asparagus, peas and red bell pepper for a fresh, satisfying summer meal. Serve with: Slices of cucumber and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.

From EatingWell: May/June 2010
Yield: 2 servings, about 2 cups each
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 30


  1. 3 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  2. 6 ounces peeled and deveined raw shrimp (see Note), cut into 1-inch pieces
  3. 1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced
  4. 1/2 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  5. 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  6. 2 small or 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  7. 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 3/4 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  10. 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  12. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  13. 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (see Tip; optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook 2 minutes less than package directions. Add shrimp, asparagus, bell pepper and peas and cook until the pasta is tender and the shrimp are cooked, 2 to 4 minutes more. Drain well.
  2. Mash garlic and salt in a large bowl until a paste forms. Whisk in yogurt, parsley, lemon juice, oil and pepper. Add the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts (if using).

Tips & Notes

  • Ingredient Note: Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Look for shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can’t find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America—it’s more likely to be sustainably caught.
  • Tip: To toast pine nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.


Nutrition Per Serving: 387 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 168 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 34 g protein; 10 g fiber; 708 mg sodium; 890 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (130% daily value), Vitamin A (71% dv), Folate (61% dv), Iron & Magnesium (35% dv), Calcium & Zinc (28% dv), Potassium (25% dv).

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 low-fat milk, 3 lean meat