Makeover Velvet Shrimp Recipe
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Makeover Velvet Shrimp Recipe

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“Rich and creamy” perfectly describes Vonda Nixon’s scrumptious seafood pasta. “Topped with shrimp, a white sauce and cheese, this linguine dish is a fast, easy meal,” Vonda says from Anchorage, Alaska. This made-over version skims back on calories and fat, but it’s still a seafood delight sure to prove popular in your home.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 388 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 fat.


  1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook onions and garlic in butter for 1 minute. Stir in seafood seasoning; cook 1 minute longer. Add shrimp; cook for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Combine flour and cream until smooth; stir into skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cheese just until melted. Return shrimp to the pan and heat through. Drain linguine; top with shrimp mixture. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Velvet Shrimp in Light & Tasty August/September 2006, p11

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Keisha38 User ID: 3575339 228546
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2015

"This dish was better than some of the Italian restaurants that we have visited. We absolutely loved it. The 1st time I made it, I used the amount of seafood seasoning required but it was a little too spicy for my daughter. The second time I made it I reduced the amount of seasoning and it was great. If you have a taste for shrimp alfredo without the extra calories, this is the dish."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 207870
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"All we added was mushrooms and used parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella. Perfect meal!!!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 69699
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"DELICIOUS, EXCELLENT, FABULOUS! This recipe is so easy and jam packed w/ flavor. The taste buds could not get enough. Will be making this one for many years to come. Thank you."

EKelley954 User ID: 1787906 207869
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"This is an excellent recipe. Family asks for it regularly. I usually add mushrooms. Restaurant quality."

chappieswife User ID: 938342 158395
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"This is a family favorite! We have made this many times now."

lokki1999 User ID: 988003 109716
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"quick and delicious!"

Luv2Pits User ID: 2516334 207868
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"I thought this was absolutely heavenly! I did up the garlic to 3 cloves because I'm a garlic lover and I used fat-free half & half and it worked wonderfully. Thanks for an awesome dish!!"

Stargazer101 User ID: 1944655 158391
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2009

"The fat-free version tends to curdle or burn quickly in my experience but I've never tried it in this recipe, could be worth a shot!"

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