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Shrimp Scampi Meatballs in Garlicky Broth


For even more delicious shrimp flavor, simmer the shrimp shells in the chicken broth and then strain before adding it to the cooked garlic.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, October 2012


  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 3/4 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided, plus wedges for serving
  • 1/4 pound ground white-meat chicken
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse shrimp until finely chopped. In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, red-pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in milk and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest. Fold in shrimp and chicken until just combined (do not overmix).

  3. In a large pot, melt butter over medium. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add broth and 2 cups water and bring to a rapid simmer.

  4. Drop shrimp mixture by heaping tablespoons into broth. Cook meatballs at a gentle simmer until opaque throughout, about 5 minutes, turning halfway through. Divide pasta among 4 bowls and top with broth and meatballs. Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest with parsley and sprinkle over soup. Squeeze lemon wedges over soup and serve.

Cook's Notes

Adding a little ground chicken to these meatballs prevents the shrimp from becoming tough during cooking.

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  • sarahmaichelg
    4 NOV, 2012
    I've just starting meal planning and was on the lookout for delicious yet simple meals. This fit the bill! It was quick, required few ingredients, and was a HUGE hit. And it got better over time...the leftovers were amazing. I prepared it according to the recipe, without making any alterations, and found that it was perfect as is. It is now a permanent fixture in my meal rotation. The shrimp/chicken meatballs and garlicky broth are the perfect combination.