Shrimp Scampi Pasta (Without Wine!)

Shrimp Scampi Pasta Without Wine

When you have small kids in the house, it’s hard to find a meal that the whole family will eat without a fight. Miraculously, that’s exactly what I found with this Shrimp Scampi Pasta! Every single person in my household loved it, INCLUDING my kids. In fact, they even asked for seconds and thirds.

Thankfully, this Shrimp Scampi recipe is completely WINE FREE! So, I didn’t have to worry about my toddlers getting drunk after their third bowl. 😛 And me, being 5 months pregnant, was also able to eat it without worry. Read on to see how I made this Shrimp Scampi Pasta without wine.


In traditional Shrimp Scampi, white wine is used for added acidity which compliments the buttery, lemony taste of the sauce. It accents the flavor of the shrimp (or any seafood) quite well.

Although cooking with wine is usually harmless, it is important to note that not all the alcohol will burn off. It could take up to 2 hours of cooking for the alcohol to actually burn out of the wine you’re using.

So, for a recipe such as this Shrimp Scampi Pasta which has a very short cook time, using wine was out of the question for me. I knew I wouldn’t be cooking it long enough to safely evaporate all the alcohol content. For this reason, I chose a different route: chicken broth!


Chicken broth is something I use quite often when I cook because of how versatile it is. For this Shrimp Scampi Pasta recipe, it serves almost the same purpose as wine would have: added flavor and depth to the sauce. It also infuses the shrimp with extra, juicy tenderness.

When mixed with the garlic, lemon, spices, butter and shrimp, the chicken broth adapts a savory, seafood taste creating the perfect sauce for this pasta.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta Without Wine


For the pasta, you can go with any shape of your choice. Traditional shrimp scampi is usually paired with long pastas such as spaghetti or linguine. I chose to be a rebel and go with penne simply because it was more kid-friendly and “less messy” as my husband says.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta Without Wine


So, for those of you who have ever wondered how to make kid-friendly shrimp scampi, WITHOUT wine, I hope this recipe will be your Godsend! It’s been such a success in my household so far. Read on to see the full recipe for this Shrimp Scampi Pasta Without Wine!

Shrimp Scampi Pasta Without Wine


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Shrimp Scampi Pasta (Without Wine!)

Course: MainDifficulty: Easy


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This Shrimp Scampi Pasta (Without Wine!) is kid-friendly & pregnancy-friendly! Made with a buttery, lemony sauce filled with garlic and spices.


  • 16 oz large shrimp, peeled & deveined

  • 16 oz pasta of your choice (I used penne)

  • 1 tsp parsley (plus more for topping)

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning, divided

  • 2 tsp garlic salt, divided

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbs olive oil, divided

  • 4 Tbs butter, divided

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 3 Tbs lemon juice

  • Grated Parmesan (optional for topping)


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve at least ¼ cup of the pasta water for later use
  • Wash the shrimp and place in a large mixing bowl. Season the shrimp with the parsley, black pepper, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp garlic salt, and HALF the minced garlic. Mix well
  • In a large skillet, add 1 Tbs olive oil and 1 Tbs butter. Heat on medium until butter melts
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook 2 minutes on EACH side. Don’t overcook shrimp or it will become rubbery
  • Remove the shrimp from the skillet but keep any remaining juices in the skillet. Set shrimp aside for now
  • Add another 1 Tbs olive oil, 2 Tbs butter and the rest of the garlic to the skillet. Heat on medium until butter melts and garlic turns a light golden color
  • Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, 1 tsp garlic salt and 1 tsp Italian seasoning. Mix well and let simmer on medium for about 5-10 minutes
  • Add 1 more Tbs of butter for extra creaminess and 1-2 Tbs of pasta water to help the sauce adhere to the pasta (optional)
  • Add the shrimp back to the skillet and mix with the sauce
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and mix everything together until pasta is coated well
  • Top with more parsley and grated parmesan if desired


Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 11.2g 18%
    • Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
  • Cholesterol 138mg 46%
  • Sodium 224mg 10%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 156mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 33.7g 12%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
    • Sugars 0.5g
  • Protein 18g 36%
  • Calcium 1%
  • Iron 12%
  • Vitamin D 20%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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