Shrimp Scampi Zoodles with Bacon

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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 piece of bacon
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 12 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

  • 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.
  • 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 zest and cook an additional two minutes. Remove the shrimps with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • 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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67 comments

Jon says:
I love your easy recipe. But also try Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Noodles So delicious! Need to try this recipe!
Fai says:
Ate you kidding...it can't get any easier than your recipes!!
Mary Beth says:
Hi Ali, I'm really enjoying my Inspiralizer. I love to cook from scratch. If a recipe is too simple, I tend to skip over it, unless the ingredients are really flavorful. Shrimp, bacon, garlic, lemon, red pepper flakes -- all great! So, I'm looking forward to trying this one. I think the sauce makes or breaks a dish for me. Tell Lu, more ingredients doesn't make a recipe less simple to make -- just more tasty! There's nothing sadder than a bland, blah, sauce! Thanks for creating a lot of great recipes!
Diane says:
YES! More easy recipes like this one please. Also, maybe I'm in the minority here but many times living in a small-ish town I don't have access to some of the veggies/spices etc that you use. It's like 'if Walmart doesn't carry it I can't get it'. Smaller areas just don't have farmer's markets or specialty stores. Thanks.
Angela Clark says:
I CONTINUE TELLING FOLKS THAT I CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BLADES BUT NO ONE EVER ANSWERS MY QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF???? WHY CAN'T I GET ANYONE TO ANSWER MY QUESTION ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE BLADES????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMETIMES I HAVE TO USE MY MANDOLINE IN ORDER TO GET THESE ITEMS SLICED BUT WOULD PREFER TO USE THE INSPIRILIZAR. WHY IS NO ONE EVER GOING TO ANSWER MY DAMNED QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM AWARE I'VE POSTED THIS BEFORE BUT STILL NO DAMNED ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meaghan says:
Hi Angela! You can find all of this information on our Inspiralizer page here: https://inspiralized.com/the-inspiralizer/ But to answer your question - BLADE "A" Makes thick, wide ribbons BLADE "B" Makes fettuccine noodles BLADE "C" Makes linguine noodles BLADE "D" Makes spaghetti noodles You can see which blade is which by checking the little green side knob! The letter can be seen on the knob.
Beth says:
How do you think this recipe would work with sweet potato noodles?
Meaghan says:
That would be fabulous!! We love subbing in sweet potatoes in the wintertime!
Lynn says:
Would really like the nutrition facts for this please. Thanks!

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