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Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi

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Sauteed shrimp, bell peppers, and onion tossed with angel hair pasta in a butter scampi sauce, just like the restaurant favorite!

Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi just like the restaurant favorite to enjoy at home!

A thin pasta is tossed with bell peppers and onion in a lemon garlic scampi sauce and topped with shrimp.

A bowl of Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi with a copper spoon and surrounded by bell peppers and fresh pasta

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I really love finding restaurant dishes that I love and trying to recreate them at home as close as I can, especially with Copycat Olive Garden recipes.

But I want it to be pretty darn close to the restaurant dish, and this shrimp scampi recipe is!

A close up of Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi in a bowl

I have been wanting to find and make a great scampi sauce for quite some time now.

But all of the recipes I tried and all of the variations I came up with were missing something.

There would be too much lemon, not enough butter, etc, and so I started a quest to find a perfect balance.

And the Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi was the recipe that I kept thinking back to.

Most of a bowl of Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi

How close is this Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi to the real thing?

I played around with trying to create the Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi recipe for a while.

There are so many sauce variations out there: cream or no cream? Lemon or no lemon? Wine? Thicken with flour?

But ultimately this is the version I landed on and when I tried it side by side with the real thing via takeout, WOW. It is pretty darn close.

I also made Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi which includes a copycat Olive Garden chicken that they serve in house with that thin coating.

A copper spoon lifting a shrimp and some pasta out of the dish

Now Olive Garden used to serve shrimp scampi with the vegetables I have listed here, which are the same as the chicken.  Bell peppers and red onion.

But it looks like now they are using asparagus and tomato. So use whichever vegetable mixture you prefer!

Use more or less of the vegetables and shrimp as you prefer to make it your own!

I love to double up on the vegetables and reduce the pasta to one pound for a vegetable forward meal.

Horizontal bowl of Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi surrounded by fresh pasta and peppers with a copper spoon in it

Shrimp does not reheat well because it gets rubbery when overcooked, so I recommend cooking shrimp as you need it for leftovers (if there are any!).

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Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Sauteed shrimp, bell peppers, and onion tossed with angel hair pasta in a butter scampi sauce, just like the restaurant favorite!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Copycat, Pasta, Seafood
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 923kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Scampi Sauce

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling. Salt the water to your preference and add the pasta. Cook until just shy of al dente (the pasta will finish cooking in the sauce later). Save 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and set aside.

Make the Scampi Sauce

  • While the water is heating, make your sauce. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter until melted.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the butter and cook until just soft but not brown, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and simmer to burn off some of the alcohol and reduce 2 minutes. Scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot while simmering.
  • Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, parsley, and crushed red pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the remaining 8 Tablespoons (1/4 stick) of butter until incorporated. Set aside.

Vegetables and Assembly

  • Put the large pot from the pasta back on the stove (or a new large pot - but one less thing to clean!). Add 1 Tablespoon of oil and heat over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the peppers and onion and cook until just beginning to soften, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the sauce into the pot with the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp are cooked through (time will vary with size). They are done when they are pink, starting to curl, and looks white not gray along the back (side edge). Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add the pasta to the pot (see note). Gently toss to coat and combine (be very gentle to help prevent the pasta from breaking - once the pasta meets the warm sauce, it will start to loosen up and unstick). Use the pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce and make it saucier as desired.
  • Serve the pasta in one large dish or as individual portions.

Notes

There are a lot of parts to this recipe, but many of them can be done at the same time. You can also make the sauce in advance for an even easier meal.
Use any white wine that you like to drink, but I recommend sticking with a chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigio. Avoid anything sweet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 923kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 364mg | Sodium: 1236mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 5mg
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By on September 30th, 2020

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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6 thoughts on “Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi”

    • Hi Ashley,
      It sounds like you are thinking of the wrong sauce. Scampi is not creamy – it is a lemon butter sauce. Side by side, this is just like the restaurant. Maybe you are adding a lot of cheese at the restaurant and it makes it appear creamy? Hope you find the recipe you are thinking of!

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  1. 5 stars
    This shrimp scampi was SO delicious. Easy to make, and tasted just like the one from Olive Garden, maybe even better.

    Reply
  2. 4 stars
    It was very dry and plain the first time, so the next go around I doubled the recipe (minus the pasta and asparagus) but added 2 tablespoons olive oil in place of 2 tablespoons butter and it was much closer to the Olive Garden one. I sure do appreciate the recipe though as it gave me a good starting point!

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