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
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
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 equals 388 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 150 mg cholesterol, 575 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g 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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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."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed May. 5, 2012

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

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

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

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