Recipe: Italian Pasta with Shrimp

A delicious high-protein entree
Italian pasta with shrimp

Serving shrimp always adds a sense of elegance to a meal, whether it’s for family or a dinner party. As an added bonus, shrimp is high in protein, low in calories and is readily available at grocery stores and neighborhood markets.

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1 ½ tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
8-ounce can Italian whole plum tomatoes
1 pound cooked shelled shrimp (can substitute cooked boneless chicken breast)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
8 ounces crumbled feta cheese (optional)
½ pound box linguini
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil salted water for the linguini, cooked as directed on the package.
  2. Sauté chopped garlic and onion in olive oil until tender in a large frying pan 3-5 minutes on medium-high heat.
  3. Add cooked shrimp, sauté for 2 minutes and remove from pan. Try to keep as much garlic and onion in the pan as possible when removing the shrimp.
  4. Add the entire can of tomatoes with liquid, stir in the pan.
  5. Cook until it begins to boil and then reduce heat. Add shrimp, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Pour sauce on drained linguini and toss.
  7. Add crumbled feta cheese if desired, at the table.

Nutritional information*

Serves 8

420 calories (26 percent  calories from fat)
32 grams protein
48 grams carbohydrates
12 grams fat
114 milligrams calcium

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*Without feta cheese

Note: If adding feta, total calories will increase, along with total fat and sodium. Use sparingly, or look for fat-free feta.

Republished courtesy of Speaking of Women’s Health

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