Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

Whoever said “opposites attract” was definitely on to something. Case in point: Lu and I

Don’t get me wrong, Lu and I certainly have many similarities, but we do have our different habits and personality quirks – he’s super neat around the apartment and I’m, well, not so super neat. He usually has to remind me to close the cabinets and drawers after cooking or squeegee the glass shower door.

Just earlier this week, he left for work in the morning and found my keys in the door lock, from the night before. Oops!

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

I’m also known to lose important receipts, misplace the car keys, or forget to blow the candles out before leaving the apartment. What can I say? I don’t like to stress! As for Lu? Well, let’s just say that he folds his shirts all differently, depending on type and size. Me? Folding? Ha! 

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

Having said all of this, one of the reasons that I love him with all of my heart is that he’s incredibly supportive of me and my dreams for Inspiralized. He gives me constructive criticism (although he’ll tell you that I fight him “tooth and nail“) and advice on every move I make (in a very low-key, caring way).

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

One of his constant comments is this: “Why don’t you make simpler recipes for those who just want to make an easy bowl of pasta?”

We definitely fight on this one. I feel like all of my recipes are pretty simple – yet delicious! And listen, he’s dashingly handsome, but he’s not exactly Mario Batali in the kitchen.

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

But alas, as always, I’m taking his advice (well, sort of). Today, I’ve created a super easy Shrimp Scampi recipe. I’ve taken a classic Italian favorite and transformed it into a healthier, low-carb, gluten-free and low-cal version of it’s former self. However, I couldn’t resist the urge to spice it up a bit – with bacon!

Are any of you complaining? It’s bacon!

What are your thoughts on this? Would you like to see more easy, classic dishes Inspiralized? I won’t fight back, I promise!

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2

Easy Bacon Shrimp “Zucchini Noodle” Scampi

Ingredients

  • 2 piece of bacon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 8-10 shrimps, defrosted, deveined and shells removed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 medium zucchinis, peeled, Blade C
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the bacon. Cook bacon for 3 minutes on each side or until cooked to your crunchy preference. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  2. Leave only 1 tbsp of bacon fat in the skillet and add in the garlic. Cook the garlic for 30 seconds and then add in the red pepper flakes, shallots and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper and let shrimp cook for about 2 minutes, flip over, add in the lemon juice and cook an additional two minutes. Remove the shrimps with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add in the zucchini noodles and toss to combine, for about 2 minutes and then add in the shrimp and crumble in the bacon. Toss to combine. Divide onto two plates and garnish with chopped parsley.

Notes

Optional: Throw in 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the noodles before adding in the shrimp for extra flavor.

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Comments

  1. Carrie :

    Yes! I agree with Lu.
    Simple, classic dishes are definitely what I am looking for. This recipe looks great.

  2. spicedblog :

    This looks delicious! I love how simple yet elegant it is. I’m all about easier recipes, but don’t tell Lu (I’m guessing he doesn’t need any more encouragement!)

  3. Tina :

    This sounds delicious too! Cant wait tp make this!

  4. Theresa M. :

    Simple and quick is great sometimes but some days I just want to cook. A little more involved is good, too. And as a side note, my son who won’t eat a vegetable unless it’s corn or iceburg lettuce ate a plateful of butternut squash noodles. He knew what they were, he had helped make them!

  5. Oh I need this badly! Looks amazing Ali!

  6. Even your more gourmet recipes have simple ingredients so I think most of your recipes are easy.

  7. Kristin :

    Wow. This looks divine! I’m not one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen so the simpler the better for me. I work a corporate job well over an hour away from my house (like I want to quit) so the last thing I want to do is cook a meal when I get home. However, I will occasionally and this looks like the perfect meal!!

  8. Connie :

    Looks great Ali!! I too am Italian and since I can’t have gluten or dairy it’s been a challenge. Until you!! Shrimp scampi was one of my FAVORITES!! So I can’t thank you enough for your recipes. And I think most of your recipes are pretty simple. Can’t wait to try this!!

  9. Joanne :

    Your relationship sounds VERY much like me and The.Boy! I am definitely the messy disorganized one and he is MUCH neater. And he likes to give advice on the blog. :P I think your recipes are all awesome, so I wouldn’t change a thing! But this easy shrimp scampi noodle dish also does look fabulous.

  10. Steph :

    Thank god for this recipe! I not only like simple recipes but simple tastes as well. Thanks Lu ! I’m just looking to remove wheat from my diet not be a chef. Having a “simpletons” tab would be nice :)
    Keep up the good work !

  11. lei :

    i think this recipe looks fantastic and i cant wait to try it. thank you so much.

  12. Kathy :

    Okay. . .you’ve got me hooked–just ordered a spiralizer. This will be one of my first recipes–I agree that a mix of super simple and more complex is good–some day, eating right is hard because of limited time, but recipes like this make it easy.

  13. deb :

    Recipe looks great…but I don’t get how to make the zucchini noodles…. Not sure what Blade C is… not a very experienced cook….

  14. Anonymous :

    I made this dish tonight and it was amazing!

    Just a tip: I doubled the recipe and it only served 2 people so if you want left overs I would quadruple it! I will definitely make this again soon….maybe tomorrow?!?! :) it’s that good!

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