This Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with veggies. Plus it tastes like a restaurant meal for half and cost and calories.
When my husband and I first started dating, it quickly became apparent that his food tastes resembled those of most twelve year old boys. Suffice to say he lived off of burgers, wings, pizza, and tacos. Fast forward ten years and I am proud to say that these days he eats a pretty wide variety of food, even lots of veggies. However, no matter how hard I have tried, I just can't get him to eat seafood. So whenever he won't be home for dinner, I always plan on seafood and plan on a delicious solo dinner packed with my favorite tasty ocean treats.
This past week, I made this yummy lemon garlic shrimp and broccoli pasta. It's made with some quickly cooked shrimp, lots of fresh broccoli, and a quick sauce made with fire roasted tomatoes, chicken broth, and lots of garlic. Delish. Plus it is ready in under 30 minutes, which means plenty of time to indulge in girly TV as well.
For a vegetarian version of the dish, just leave out the shrimp. And if you are looking for something creamy, you could add some reduced fat cream cheese or replace half the chicken broth with fat free half and half, whole milk, or nonfat evaporated milk.
Lemon and Broccoli Pasta with Shrimp
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- 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 8 oz. high fiber pasta
- 1.5 cups chicken broth
- 1 U lemon (juice)
- 4 U garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 14 oz. diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Begin cooking the shrimp in batches, about 2 minutes on each side until you have cooked them all. Set aside.
Add the broccoli, chicken broth, lemon juice, and garlic to the pan. Cook for about 7 minutes until it reduces by half and broccoli is tender.
Lower the heat to medium and add the shrimp, tomatoes, and drained pasta. Cook for 1-2 minutes until warmed. Top with Parmesan.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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