Recipe: Pasta Fresca with Shrimp

Dinner Recipes, Pizza + Pasta Recipes, Seafood Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Pasta is not a bad word. Yes pasta is high in carbohydrates, but carbs give you energy! This dish is light, fresh, and filled with delectable shrimp. The fresh veggies supply a rainbow of color and flavor and the garbanzo beans give a hearty texture. I use swiss chard in this dish as a green, but you can use kale too. Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse and delicious when cooked. It offers a nice acidic kick that balances the sweetness of the shrimp. We have a local restaurant that specializes in fresh Italian food that I love. I started to crave this dish at home so came up with my own version of it. I use fresh pasta whenever possible, but boxed works in a pinch.


Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 serving(s)


  • 1 lb raw shrimp devined and peeled
  • 1 can garbanzo beans or chick peas
  • 1 head of swiss chard washed and stems removed, then cut into bite size pieces (kale works as a great substitute)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper cleaned and sliced into stripes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cleaned and sliced into stripes
  • 1-5 oz container of crumbled feta cheese
  • 7 fresh basil leaves diced or 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juiced (reserve peel for zest)
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest from peel
  • 1/2 a red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb cappellini pasta fresh or boxed
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Rinse, devine, and peel shrimp. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large stock pot of water to bowl with a pinch of salt.
  3. While water is heating wash and prep all the veggies so they are ready to go.
  4. Boil your noodles according to directions or label and rinse under water to stop boiling. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in your pan and add swiss chard, tomatoes, peppers, garbanzo beans, basil, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper and cook 3 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Add in shrimp, red onion, lemon juice, pasta water, and pasta cooking all ingredients together until the shrimp is cooked approx 3-5 minutes. Plate and garnish with lemon zest and feta cheese.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 6 servings

536 calories, 14 grams of fat, 33 grams protein, 74 carbs

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