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Capellini Pasta in Simple White Sauce and Butter Shrimp

This all-from-scratch butter shrimp with capellini pasta and spice is delicious! The light sauce that is made from scratch + simple ingredients & spices is worth the time. This dish comes together in a large skillet over medium heat.


Garlic butter shrimp pasta made fresh at home is a dream come true for Italian food lovers. We have shrimp scampi, delicious pasta, and a white wine butter sauce to make a five-star dinner dish that the whole family will enjoy! The only change I’d make to this recipe would be to add more juicy shrimp and overall just double this great recipe to make more! This garlic shrimp pasta pairs well with a side of fresh asparagus, roasted of course.

This perfect meal is for my lactose sensitive friends!

If you’re lactose sensitive, this pasta recipe is for you. With just a tinge of parmesan cheese and no heavy cream at all, you can fly right by the dairy section in the grocery store. It’s exhausting to worry about the effects of lactose on your body. So many Americanized Italian recipes contain dairy ingredients (like fettuccine noodles with Alfredo sauce) that considering pasta recipes is a difficult task. Going to an Italian restaurant can be seen as a daunting task. This easy recipe can make a great weeknight dinner that’s worry-free!

What is capellini pasta? 

Italian capellini is a very thin kind of pasta. Angel hair pasta is even thinner, but can be used instead of capellini pasta. For best results, cook the pasta according to the package. Make sure to not over boil the pasta in salted water, so you don’t end up having nasty-tasting and soggy noodles. It pairs super well with butter shrimp, so this recipe is here to make your delicious pasta dreams come true.

Capellini Pasta in Simple White Sauce and Butter Shrimp

What can I substitute the butter shrimp for? 

While this is a dish recipe for pasta and shrimp, you can skip the shrimp or substitute it for mushrooms, lobster, or spinach. The taste of the noodles should not change, but I find the light buttery sauce stands out more with a low calorie, light protein, like shrimp. You can use frozen shrimp or fresh.

Capellini Pasta in Simple White Sauce and Butter Shrimp

How to make the white wine sauce for pasta? 

Instead of going out and buying ready-made pasta sauce in a jar with a long shelf life, try making your own! It’s easy.

To make the white wine sauce you will need olive oil, onion, garlic, and white wine. For a little creamy part add some shredded parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.

Capellini Pasta in Simple White Sauce and Butter Shrimp

Here is what you will need to put together the pasta dish of your dreams:

Capellini pasta is the delicious pasta base to this recipe. You can cook it to al dente.

Water to cook the pasta in, of course!

Salt for the pasta water.

Shrimp has vitamin B12 and choline. You’ll need raw shrimp that will be cooked with butter, salt, and paprika to spice it up.

Now, for the white wine sauce, you will be putting together:

Olive oil starts off the sauce, cooking with yellow onion.

Garlic adds in rich flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lemon juice adds that splash of citrus that’s well-loved in Italian recipes.

White wine is the star of the show in this easy sauce recipe.

Parmesan cheese adds smoothness.

Fresh parsley leaves are to be sprinkled on top and enjoyed!


Here are some more delicious ways to make pasta:

A Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce is a delicious dinner option.

This Dairy Free Pasta Salad is loaded with protein-filled chicken and nutritious vegetables!


Capellini Pasta in Simple White Sauce and Butter Shrimp

This all-from-scratch buttery shrimp with pasta is delicious! The creamy sauce that is made from scratch + simple ingredients & spices is worth the time.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Allergy: Nut Free
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 298kcal



  • ½ lb capellini pasta
  • water
  • salt
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika

For the white sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped


  • Cook pasta per instructions on the box. It take a few minute for capellini pasta to cook in boiled salted water, so don't over boil it. When pasta is ready, reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water. Then drain the rest of the pasta. Put pasta back into the pot and stir in the reserved 1/4 cup of water to loosen the pasta.
    ½ lb capellini pasta, salt, water
  • While the water boils and the pasta cooks, heat up a skillet for shrimp. Melt 1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter. Add in shrimp, salt, and paprika. Give it a good stir. Sear the shrimp till bought sides are cooked (about 2 minutes) Take shrimp out.
    1 lb shrimp, 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp paprika
  • In the same skillet, on medium heat add in olive oil and thinly chopped onion. Cook until the onion is soft and clear (4-5 minutes).
    1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 small yellow onion,
  • Add in minced garlic, give it about thirty seconds for the flavors to come together. Then add in juice from 1/2 a lemon.
    3 cloves garlic,, ½ lemon,
  • Then, stir in the white wine.
    ¼ cup white wine
  • Then, the parmesan cheese.
    ¼ cup parmesan cheese,
  • Add chopped fresh parsley.
    ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves,
  • Add pinch of salt. Turn off heat.
  • Combine shrimp to pasta and the white wine sauce.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg
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