Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus

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Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus is a quick and easy pasta dish made with fresh tomatoes and asparagus in a light tomato broth.

Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus
Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus

This simple weeknight pasta dish is light and delicious! I love pasta and crave it often. To keep it light, I load it up with lean protein such as shrimp and lots of vegetables! Another popular shrimp and pasta dish is this Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo.

Helpful Tips:

  • I usually use whatever wine I am drinking. Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are all good choices. You can also omit and use more broth.
  • I like adding crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little heat, but I would leave this out for the kids.
  • Buy shrimp still frozen and defrost as needed. Most shrimp arrives at stores frozen so you may as well buy it frozen and defrost it as needed so it as fresh as possible.
  • To thaw frozen shrimp, transfer the shrimp to the refrigerator the night before or run under cool water to defrost quicker.

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Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus

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378 Cals 32 Protein 52.1 Carbs 6.8 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus is a quick and easy pasta dish made with fresh tomatoes and asparagus in a light tomato broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed, quartered
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-8 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 16 oz large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 oz white wine
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de Provence, or you can use your favorite herbs
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, gives it a little kick
  • 8 oz angel hair pasta, wheat or gluten-free

Instructions

  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet on high heat.
  • When skillet is hot, spray with oil and add shrimp.
    skillet with shrimp
  • Cook shrimp about 1 to 2 minutes in each side until ALMOST cooked through and remove from the pan. Set aside.
  • Reduce skillet heat to medium, add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden, careful not to burn, about 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and broth and stir, cook 1 minute then add the asparagus, salt, pepper and herbs.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes on medium low heat, until the vegetables are tender.
  • While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta al dente. Drain when done.
  • After sauce simmers 10 minutes, return shrimp to sauce and finish cooking, about 1 minute (Do not overcook or shrimp will get tough).
  • Add pasta to the sauce and toss well.
  • Divide equally in 4 bowls and top with a good grated cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 378kcal, Carbohydrates: 52.1g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 6.8g, Fiber: 8.5g
Blue Smart Points: 8
Green Smart Points: 8
Purple Smart Points: 8
Keywords: angel hair pasta recipes, asparagus pasta recipe, shrimp and pasta

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72 comments

  1. I added grilled zucchini and asparagus (instead of letting it sauté) – and doubled that garlic. yummy yummy!

  2. Really good and is quick and easy to make!

  3. For the pasta is it eight ounces cooked or uncooked? 

    • 8 oz. uncooked

      • This was wonderful and a huge hit! My husband said it was one of the best things he’s ever eaten and devoured it. I hate spice so I didn’t add chilli but I included a small bowl of chopped fresh red chilli at the table to add to taste. I also added chopped fresh basil and spring onion (scallion) finely chopped. Thanks for the recipe. Will be making again and again

  4. I just made this tonight and boy, was it good! Also easy. I thought it might not be so tasty, considering how few ingredients there are. I didn’t use wine but put in some peppers, as suggested (or a little less). The broth was very flavorful, and delicious with the shrimp and pasta. It doesn’t need cream or more oil. I cooked in a slightly different order, starting the pasta water first (you might want to break your pasta up so it’s easier to eat), and put the shrimp in water to defrost. Then I got out the other ingredients, and chopped the tomatoes and asparagus. One caveat: be careful about pan temperature if you have an electric stove. My shrimp cooked more quickly than expected, and the tomatoes did also. I used already cooked asparagus, so put that in briefly, and did not simmer the sauce for 10 more minutes. I guess if you want it smoother, you could do that with raw asparagus. This one is going on our favorites list. My wife said, ” We could have this every week!”

  5. This is easy and delicious. I have it once a week!

  6. I made this dish for my husband and I, and we are IN LOVE. The red pepper flakes really add something special to this dish. I had all but eliminated pasta from my diet until finding your site. Now I feel like I can enjoy pasta dishes in a healthier way, especially when they are loaded with veggies.

  7. What is the herbs de provence? I have an idea; I just don’t want to mess it up. Thanks

    • Herbs de Provence is a mixture of herbs. If you Google it, there are a number of recipies, so you can choose one you’d like. I made about half a cup last time I needed it, so it’s on hand now.

  8. This was delicious and easy! I used Brown Rice Quinoa spaghetti and chopped up a bunch of grape tomatoes since that’s what I had. It was also easy to cut the recipe in half. A definite keeper.

  9. This has become a new date night in recipe! It was so so good and I was shocked at how easy it ended up being to make! Definitely adding it to the rotation!

  10. Loved it! Added a few scallops to the hot pan after cooking the prawns, then carried on with the remainder of the recipe. Husband loves it!

  11. So easy, so quick, so delicious! I hadn’t realized we used up all of our fresh tomatoes earlier in the day so I had to sub in canned diced tomatoes and it was still delicious in a pinch! Thanks for this new go-to recipe!

  12. Love the flavors. The family requested more!

  13. Absolutely amazing!!! My husband even said is was restaurant quality. Perfection!!! 

  14. This was so easy and delicious! Looked and tasted like it came from a restaurant! Thank you once again Gina!

  15. Family loved it

  16. Could this be frozen after cooking? 

    Thanks!

  17. i made this and my daughter and I loved it. ..instead of salt I used old bay ….I will be making this again. .my daughter said it taste like an Italian restaurant..

  18. This is top notch eating. Fine dining at home! This was a good portion size too. I served bread and butter on the side but you can easily serve a salad with this. I followed the recipe as written and it was flavorful and satisfying. Another keeper!

  19. This was so easy to make and my husband loved it as much as I did. I substituted Riced Cauliflower for the pasta for myself and this took the point value for Blue down to 2 points per serving! We will definitely be making this again.

  20. A quick and easy meal and very tasty, don’t leave out the crushed pepper.

  21. With whole wheat pasta the purple points would be more like 2, right? Thanks! 

  22. Tried this tonight and it was amazing! I added a bit more garlic just because I can never get enough of it! Will be making this again! 

  23. I modified this recipe for one serving and just enjoyed it for lunch today! I will be making this again, tomorrow I think Lol!!!

  24. Made this for dinner tonight and the hubby said it was one of my top 10 dinners!

  25. If I added broccoli rabe to this dish would i just cook it with the asparagus?

  26. This is great! Upped the shrimp amount as we love them, used ground red pepper as I didn't have flakes (be VERY careful if you do this!!) and used julienned zucchini instead of noodles. Yummy!

  27. Just made this tonight and it was delicious!

  28. This seems to be a great treat for me as I’m a sea food dish lover and I mostly love shrimps. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  29. Just curious, what type of white wine works best for this recipe? Looks delicious!!

    • Any kind of dry wine would work for this. Also, don't buy some 'cooking wine' which might make the dish bitter, but good quality wine that you would enjoy drinking.

  30. I have already made so many recipes from your site! and I loving everything!<3 thank you for sharing them! these are amazing and it feels so good to be able to still enjoy such great food and not have to just stick to only fruits or veggies or some sort of fasting diet!

  31. Without your recipes I don't think I would have been able to keep up with the diet!

  32. what could I substitute for the wine? I rarely ever have that on hand.. thanks! love all your recipes!

  33. This is one of our family's favorite recipes. Making it again tonight!

  34. Absolutely love this recipe! I'm not a pasta fan but this is wonderful and my husband loves it so even better!

  35. This recipe is DELICIOUS – the whole family LOVED it! It tastes like you slaved in the kitchen, when in reality it's a quick, easy to make meal! Will definitely be making this one again!

  36. Loved it!!!! I sauteed mushrooms with the garlic!

  37. Another hit! It was so good!

  38. My hubby and I tried this the other night – it was fabulous!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!

  39. I made this for dinner last night. The only thing that I was a little confused on was the portion of the pasta. Is it a cup of pasta per serving or all together in the receipe? It was delicious. I made a believer of Weight Watchers out of my boyfriend!!!!

  40. I just made this, and am waiting for my husband to get home from work… I cannot stay out of it! lol
    To say this is very good is an understatement. Just enough spice, just enough savory flavors to make you want more! I only made two additions, and that was adding thin sliced mushrooms & some green onions as well. Scrumptious!
    Thank you Gina for another healthy, fantastic tasting meal! Btw- there was plenty of sauce in mine!

  41. Ronzoni Smart taste is high in fiber, sometimes I buy low carb Dreamfields. With the old WW point system it lowered the points but on points plus, they are all the same, even whole wheat or semolina.

    Lydia, I am so happy you all enjoyed it!!

  42. Wow…..I made this tonight and wasn't sure what to expect. I LOVE pasta but I usually have them with cream sauces. My husband is a VERY picky eater and I put in extra shrimp b/c I expected him to pick out the tomatoes and asparagus. He said it was VERY good (which is the highest food praise he gives — unlike me, he doesn't go on and on about how good something tastes). And my 11 year old daughter, who is my adventurous eater, was a little reluctant but also loved it. A HUGE hit. Very light, great flavors, and the red pepper was perfect. You never disappoint, Gina! Thank you SO much!

  43. Hi Gina! I tried this recipe the other day, it came out pretty well! My only question…I looked for Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta and found it but it doesn't seem to be low carb or high fiber. It just seems like regular old pasta to me. Is there a certain variety that you get? I got the angel hair kind but there were only two choices.

  44. This hasn't been updated to points plus, but 10 seems high. I'll calculate and see.

  45. So I added in all of the ingredients to create a meal on WW and it said for this dish its 10 pts.

  46. This is a really simple dish! And it tastes delicious! I did something a bit different though, instead of mixing it with the angel hair, I put it on top of the cornmeal cake (Bolo de Fuba). OH my goodness…the sweet and custardy cake worked so well with the tomato base of the sauce and really brought it together. I can't wait to make this dish again, it's another stellar one!

  47. I made this tonight, and my family loved it! Thanks Gina! 🙂

  48. Sum_Thyme ~~ I made this for dinner tonight, and I must say its another hit!. I love your recipes. I have tried a few and all have been winners.

  49. My boyfriend and I tried this a couple nights ago. It was delicious and very filling! We added basil and a little extra of the red pepper flakes – it turned out to have quite the kick but we both loved it!

  50. This dish is amazing! My husband loves it! Thanks!

  51. I love EVERYTHING on your site! All so super delicious! Making this tonight, yuuummy 🙂

  52. This was SOOO good!! Very generous portions. Love your site and recipes. Thanks you!

  53. Loved the Angel Hair w/ Shrimp & Tomato Sauce . . . I added a little feta cheese (1 extra point). I also roasted some veggies (eggplant, zucchini, onion, and peppers) and added them to the pasta bowl. It bulked it up and was a very satisfying meal. . .

  54. Your site looks GREAT! I love the fact that you have the recipes sorted by point value. I am going to WW tonight and am very excited to have found your page this morning – purely by accident but probably by fate…

  55. this looks just wonderful!

  56. @Alwayzbakin @BlissfulNikki – I'm so glad you got inspired! Good luck with the weight loss and don't think diet food… Think great healthy food. That's really all it is.

  57. Hey Gina! I just had to say that I found your blog about a week ago and I just started weight watchers. I was freaking out because I couldnt find recipes that sounded good to me (which is hard because I have a culinary degree, and everything sounds good to me! lol) at all….UNTIL I found your blog! I am so inspired to start cooking up a storm!
    Thank you so much for making your blog!
    –Nikki 🙂

  58. Hi Gina! I am so excited to have found your blog. Last night I made the Spice Shrimp Fried Rice for my family. We all loved it. I have been back on WW for one week and lost 7.5. I will visiting here VERY often.

    Michele

  59. Ok I absolutly love your site. I am def. going to try this recipe out it looks soo Delish! Once I do I will let you know how it turns out! (BTW- thanks for the comment on the blog)

  60. i am hungry
    great blog

  61. Hola Gina,
    That is a great recipe!!!! Looks delicious.

  62. This looks delicious, I have only recently gotten on the Weight Watchers plan and your recipes have been a huge hit in my house!

  63. I absolutely love your blog, and I have an award for you at my blog!

  64. I am attending my first WW meeting tomorrow. I am so glad I found your recipes. I cant wait to get started now and try all this great food!

  65. this is nice! will try these on weekend. friends are coming and requesting for a pasta. this is a great switch from the old-style tomato sauce pasta.

  66. Very Very Good! Love the recipe!! Only problem is I wish there was a little more sauce in it.

  67. Hard to believe you can have all of that for so few points. Mmmmm.