You're out on a great dinner date, and you scan the menu for something rich, delicious, satisfying, and special. Your eyes go right to the shrimp scampi!
With white wine, Parmesan cheese, pasta, and of course, plenty of butter, shrimp scampi can feel like quite the decadent dish. But when we use low carb It’s Skinny spaghetti (with only 9 calories per bag), this beloved shrimp dish gets an instant upgrade.
Best of all, you can make this easy low-carb shrimp scampi recipe right at home. So light a candle, pour a glass of wine, and skip the restaurant—we’ve got you covered for a romantic night in!
Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi: A Classic Revisited
Shrimp scampi has been a classic dish for years. A staple in many Italian restaurants, the name is actually a bit redundant. It turns out “scampi” is another name for a shrimp-like shellfish (also known as a langoustine) commonly found in the Mediterranean.
When you spot this dish on a restaurant menu, it usually refers to a delicious, rich, and decadent plate of shrimp and shellfish on a bed of linguini pasta. Chefs prepare shrimp scampi with butter and white wine sauce, often enriched with Parmesan cheese.
Garlic and parsley round out the dish, which may also include bright flavors like lemon, diced tomatoes, and chili flakes. With all these succulent tastes, it’s no wonder that shrimp scampi is extremely popular. Something about this dish begs for candlelight, a glass of wine, and classic, smooth jazz in the background.
Of course, most of us assume that something as rich and delicious as shrimp scampi would be off the menu at home, especially if we're following a keto or low-carb approach to eating. The dish feels too indulgent, too delicious to be healthy, right?
Well, get ready to be blown away because you can enjoy delicious low-carb shrimp scampi any time with the amazing It’s Skinny pasta! Believe it or not, shrimp scampi is actually extremely keto and low-carb friendly once you adjust the pasta. With 9 calorie ultra-low-carb It’s Skinny noodles, you can have your shrimp scampi (and eat it too)!
When you prepare this low-carb shrimp scampi at home, we recommend setting up a restaurant atmosphere with some soft lighting, relaxing music, and of course, a glass of vino! (No worries, however, if you want to enjoy it in your bathrobe at the kitchen counter. We'll never tell).
Low-Carb Linguini Swap?
What adds carbs to most Italian dishes? Of course, it's the pasta! Whether it's spaghetti with sausage, fettuccine Bolognese, or another favorite dish, pasta brings on the carbs and weighs you down. Even though those adorable dogs in that Disney movie showed us that pasta is the perfect date night dish, the truth is that carb coma doesn’t exactly scream “romance.”
So how can you lighten up that linguini? In this shrimp scampi, we swap in It’s Skinny spaghetti to give the same pasta feel without all the pasta weight.
It’s Skinny noodles are ideal for flavor-forward dishes because they take on the flavors of the surrounding ingredients, complementing the dish and rounding it out. These noodles aren't overpowering (unlike some other pasta swaps out there), and they give you the delicious benefits of pasta without making you feel overfilled and sluggish after.
When you’re using a 9 calorie noodle, you don’t need to sweat the other indulgent ingredients, either. The butter, cheese, and of course, the yummy shrimps are all low-carb and keto-friendly. So you can have a rich, satisfying, restaurant-worth meal with no regrets in the morning.
How Is It’s Skinny Only 9 Calories?
Does a 9 calorie noodle sound unbelievable? Well, all the rumors are true! It’s Skinny is an amazing noodle made from low-carb konjac. What’s konjac, you ask? It's a root vegetable somewhere between a turnip and a sweet potato.
Konjac is also a perfect pallet for any noodle-based dish (pssst, it also comes in a "rice" variety). It's Skinny spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair, along with It's Skinny rice are the ideal base for any dish that needs a low-carb upgrade.
It’s Skinny pasta is available on Amazon, making it a super convenient choice for any weeknight dinner. What’s more, the pasta doesn't require extensive preparation. Open the package, drain, heat them up alongside your other ingredients, and in no time, you’ll enjoy a delicious dish of low-carb shrimp scampi.
Low-Carb Shrimp Scampi with It’s Skinny Spaghetti
Low-carb shrimp scampi is one of those dishes that you’ll want to whip up over and over. It's delicious, satisfying, and company-worthy. Perfect for a date night, a get-together, or self-care night at home, this low-carb shrimp scampi recipe is easy, fabulous, and beautiful—just like you!
This dish is ready in almost no time—so don’t worry if you have to get it together quickly. Shrimp cooks very fast, and the rest of the ingredients are easy to gather together. Add the It's Skinny spaghetti pasta, and you'll say "Bon Appetite" in no time flat!
Note: This low-carb shrimp scampi recipe serves 4-6 people. Make extra so you can keep the shrimp scampi love going tomorrow!