Looking for a new pasta recipe? Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta is where it's at! Are you tired of eating the same thing every day? Spice up your life with this fun recipe that is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds. It's a dish that's easy to make and only takes a few minutes. Can't ask for more than that! Sometimes the best recipes are also the simplest. Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta is just that. This dish only takes about 25 minutes to make, which means you get more time to do other things. Deliciousness has never been this easy!
Easy Recipe For Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta
You can serve this as an appetizer or main course. Either way, your guests will love this dish. Plus, they won't even know how nutritious it is! The shrimp provides protein while the broccoli offers vitamins A and C. Pasta does have carbs which are essential for energy production and brain function, but if you use whole wheat pasta, it's even better for you. If you're looking for the perfect dish to bring to a potluck style meal, this is it.
Why is this a healthy dinner?
Shrimp and broccoli pasta is a really healthy, easy-to-make dish that will provide your body with the nourishment that it needs. The shrimp are high in protein, low in calories, and have omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart. Broccoli is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. It also contains polyphenolic antioxidants which help fight against cancerous cells causing cell damage. This dish has everything you need to feel happy and healthy!
What are the benefits to roasting broccoli?
Roasting broccoli can have several benefits:
- Enhanced flavor: Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of broccoli and caramelizes its edges, creating a delicious, nutty flavor.
- Improved texture: Roasting broccoli can give it a crisp and tender texture, making it a more enjoyable eating experience compared to steamed or boiled broccoli.
- Retains Nutritional Value: Roasting broccoli at high temperature for a short time retains most of the nutrients in the broccoli, making it a great way to consume vegetables while keeping their nutritional value intact.
- Versatility: Roasting broccoli is a versatile cooking method that allows for the addition of other flavors such as garlic, lemon, or parmesan cheese, making it a great side dish that complements many meals.
- Convenience: Roasting broccoli is a simple and quick way to cook broccoli without requiring a lot of prep work or attention. Simply toss the broccoli with some oil, salt, and pepper, and place it in the oven to roast for 15-20 minutes.
Can I Use Precooked Shrimp Instead of Raw?
You absolutely can! The key to this is to simply make sure your shrimp are thawed completely and then just reduce the cooking time. In this case, you are just looking to bring the shrimp up to temperature with your dish. Since shrimp cook quickly, a quick toss in a saute pan before mixing into the dish would be just fine.
What kind of pasta should I use?
The best part of all is that you can make this with whatever type of pasta you prefer – penne, fusilli, rotini or bowtie noodles work well too! If gluten isn't your thing then try Quinoa Pasta or Chickpea Pasta instead. I've recommended a few of my favorites below.
What Other Shrimp Recipes Do You Recommend?
Lemon Garlic Shrimp is a delicious meal that is also quick and easy to prepare. If you are looking for more of a lunch, read my post on lunch in a bowl for a recipe on a shrimp taco bowl. This is a meal that you can easily make ahead of time and bring with you!
Can I substitute something else for honey in this recipe?
While honey has its own nutritional benefits, (especially if it's locally sourced honey!) I understand the concern of the sugar content. While there's only 2 tbsp, as a diabetic on Weight Watchers, I often substitute alternative sweeteners. For this recipe, I would recommend using Pyure Harmless Hunny. It's sugar-free and low carb, keto-friendly and made from organic stevia. It may not have the same health benefits of local honey, it is the perfect alternative to honey in recipes like this one.
How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
With the new Plan, points can vary for those with diabetes. Check your zero point foods. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.
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It's important to have a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates in your diet. The right combination of these macronutrients will help you maintain energy levels throughout the day. Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner because it contains all three macronutrients! Make some Shrimp Penne Pasta today by following my easy instructions below! You can even pin it to your Pinterest for later.
- 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, divided
- 2 Tbsp honey, preferably local
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ ts[ crushed red pepper flakes
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 12-oz. bag frozen broccoli florets
- ½ medium red onion, sliced
- 1 16-oz. box whole wheat penne pasta
- 1 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail removed
- 2 tsp fresh lemon zest, preferably organic
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
- Place top oven rack in center position and pre-heat oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
- Whisk together olive oil, two tablespoons lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Combine broccoli and red onion in a large bowl and pour two-thirds of the lemony olive oil mixture on top. Toss until vegetables are evenly coated before spreading into a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Do not overcrowd.
- Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are crisp tender and starting to brown on the edges.
- While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the pasta according to package directions in generously salted water. When pasta is finished cooking, reserve one-half cup of the cooking liquid and set aside. Drain and rinse the pasta, then return to the pot. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
- Just before the vegetables are removed from the oven, toss the shrimp with the remaining olive oil mixture in the same mixing bowl used earlier. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and set aside.
- After 20 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn the vegetables with a spatula. Add the seasoned shrimp to the baking sheet and carefully spread the shrimp and vegetables into a single layer without overcrowding.
- Return to oven and roast for another 3-4 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through and opaque. Do not overcook.
- Remove from oven and pour the roasted shrimp and vegetables into the pot with the cooked pasta. Add the remaining lemon juice, lemon zest, half the Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and the reserved cooking liquid. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately topped with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 380Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 167mgSodium 944mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 6gSugar 8gProtein 27g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
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