Vegetarian Tortellini "Shrimp" Scampi Recipe: You Don't Need Sea Critters to Enjoy This Classic Taste by Melissa Vickers

Vegetarian Tortellini "Shrimp" Scampi Recipe: You Don't Need Sea Critters to Enjoy This Classic Taste

I learned something the other day (thank you, The New York Times!): scampi doesn’t mean the iconic garlicky butter sauce we know and love. Instead, scampi refers to a critter in the lobster family. Who knew?

Regardless of whether scampi is critter or sauce, the flavors are too good to only use on shrimp, or even anything in the animal kingdom. This vegetarian recipe has yellow squash, zucchini and mushrooms soaking up those good flavors. I made it even simpler by using a dry scampi seasoning package, and threw in tortellini and a few other things. Oh, my! Plenty for tonight’s leftovers, too.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter and mix with olive oil. Blend in scampi sauce package. Dump zucchini, squash, mushrooms and onion into the pan and cook until vegetables start to soften.
  2. Add tomatoes, lemon juice or wine. Stir.
  3. Add drained tortellini to pan. Heat through and serve. 

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Elisa Schmitz
I just learned something, too. Thank you for passing this on, Melissa. Looks delish!
Very cool, didn’t know. 😍
Ann Marie Patitucci
This looks SO good. Thanks for the recipe and the info, too!

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