Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta is made in just one pot and ready in 30 minutes! Fresh shrimp gets cooked in a buttery lemon garlic sauce and gets tossed in fresh parmesan cheese and pasta. It will become a new favorite!

I love cooking shrimp because it cooks up so fast and it is such a crowd pleaser! Even the kids love it no matter which way I make it.  Here are some of my family’s favorites…lemon garlic shrimp scampi, creamy garlic shrimp alfredo pasta or creamy tuscan garlic shrimp.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta in a large black skillet.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Say hello to your new favorite one pot meal. This seriously blew away our taste buds and became an instant favorite with the first bite.

Rewind to the time I despised shrimp. Yes, I hated shrimp. But now, I am a firm believer in giving things a chance. For example. I used to hate salmon. Now it is hands down my favorite thing to eat.

So I told myself that I am going to give shrimp a chance. Especially because my hubby loves shrimp! So I try to cook a meal with shrimp for him a few times a month. This dish my friends is incredible. And even the former shrimp hater aka me LOVED it!

Shrimp Pasta Ingredients:

The shrimp is cooked in an amazing lemon garlic butter sauce that is to die for. I love shrimp because it cooks so incredibly fast. It gets tossed in spinach and pasta and fresh grated parmesan cheese. So basically all of my favorite things in one. Lemon, butter, garlic, parmesan…. are you getting hungry? You guys are going to LOVE this meal. I pinky promise.

  • Linguine Pasta: Thin, light noodles that are perfect paired with the creamy sauce and shrimp.
  • Olive oil and butter: Sauteing the shrimp in the combination of olive oil and butter is the key to a great texture in the shrimp!
  • Garlic: Add the garlic into the oil with the red pepper until fragrant.
  • Red pepper flakes: Adds some heat to the flavors.
  • Large shrimp: The bigger size hold up better to the pasta.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
  • Italian seasoning: The Italian seasoning is perfect flavor combination with this garlic infused pasta sauce.
  • Baby spinach: Add it at the end so you get a perfect wilt without it getting soggy.
  • Parmesan cheese: Combine with the shrimp and pasta after they are cooked.
  • Lemon juice: To taste (one tablespoon is a good place to start)

How to Make Shrimp and Pasta:

The awesome thing about this meal is that it is cooked in just one pot. Only having to dirty one pot and deliver an amazing meal for the fam = one happy mama.

  1. Cook pasta: In a large pot cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute garlic and red pepper in oil: Using the same pan, heat olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
  3. Cook the shrimp: Add the shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink. Add italian seasoning and spinach and cook until wilted.
  4. Combine pasta and shrimp: Add the pasta back to the pot with the remaining butter, parmesan, and parsley. Still until mixed and butter is melted.
  5. Add a dash of lemon juice and serve while hot.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta in a skillet with fresh lemons on the side.

Tips for Making a 30 minute Meal:

  • Keep it simple! Stick to recipes and ingredients you are familiar with. Save your new ideas and ingredients for a day when you have a little more time.
  • Plan ahead.  When you get home with groceries, go ahead and wash fresh produce, chop, make dressings, etc. that you will use later in the weeks recipes.  Then they are ready to grab when you need them quick!
  • Order matters.  Start the oven and the water boiling first since these things take more time.  While they heat up you can be working on the next steps.
  • Substitute, swap or even omit ingredients you don’t have on hand or are time consuming to prep. If an ingredient doesn’t change the overall flavor of the dish, and will take extra time to work with or make, simply change it or skip it.  Use something that is pre-made instead for example.
  • Ask for help.  Delegate duties like chopping or making a side salad to get the work done quicker!

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta in a frying pan with a set of tongs.

Variations or Substitutions:

  • Try changing up the pasta. Rotini and fusilli are great choices!  You could also even consider a vegetable noodle like zucchini noodles for a healthier version.
  • Add in new ingredients like mushrooms, asparagus, chicken, other seafood, and sausages to see what your favorite combinations are.  You never know what you will discover you love!
  • Turn this into a creamy sauce by adding some heavy cream and/or cream cheese.

How to Store Pasta:

Properly stored, cooked shrimp will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. To make it last longer, you can freeze it for up to 6 months. Freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. You could also wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta in a black bowl with a wooden spoon.

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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

4.93 from 167 votes
Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta is made in just one pot and ready in 30 minutes! Fresh shrimp gets cooked in a buttery lemon garlic sauce and gets tossed in fresh parmesan cheese and pasta. It will become a new favorite!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces Linguine Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 pound large shrimp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Using the same pan, heat olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink. Add italian seasoning and spinach and cook until wilted.
  • Add the pasta back to the pot with the remaining butter, parmesan, and parsley. Still until mixed and butter is melted.
  • Add the lemon juice before serving and serve while hot.

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Notes

Update on April 24, 2020
Originally Posted on August 12, 2016

Nutrition

Serves: 6

Calories279kcal (14%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein23g (46%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated Fat9g (45%)Cholesterol274mg (91%)Sodium990mg (41%)Potassium217mg (6%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A2501IU (50%)Vitamin C13mg (16%)Calcium270mg (27%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword lemon garlic parmesan shirmp pasta, lemon garlic shrimp pasta, shrimp pasta
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I needed a quick shrimp recipe to make before my daughter’s basketball practice. This was easy to make and a big hit with my family! My husband loved it!
    I didn’t have spinach so I added 2 chopped green onion. Very delicious!

    Thank-you for the inspiration.

  2. 5 stars
    I am just learning how to cook, I made this for lunch today and not only was the recipe easy enough for me to follow, it also tasted great! 🙂 I feel like a bit more garlic could be added, but then again that has been the problem with most of the recipes I’ve tried, so it just might be my personal preference 😀

  3. Going to try this tonight using lemon and garlic peri-peri sauce (so I’ll leave out the red pepper flakes). Will serve with a large wedge of lemon as I love that combination of sweet shrimp (I’m using prawns, spicy peri-peri and sour lemon.

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I really liked this recipe. I used fusilli pasta. Followed the recipe except for the spinach ( didn’t have any). Definitely be making this again. Thanks.

  5. Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it. Next time I’m going to add a little more lemon but this one is definitely a keeper! And very easy!

  6. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight exactly as listed and my husband and I both loved it! So quick, easy and delicious. Would be a great dish to have for company when you want something yummy but not fussy. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe the first time while camping. I broke my elbow that day and it truly is comfort food !!! It has turned into my favorite thing my husband makes. I use dairy free substitutes and it still tastes amazing!

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and I LOVE this recipe. I’ve cut down on the butter- only using 4 TBSP. I also add more spinach! We recently made it with halved cherry tomatoes and Wow! We love it!!! Also recommend using more lemon!! I season to taste! Thank you for a staple recipe that’s quick and delicious for our weeknight dinners!

  9. 5 stars
    This was amazing! Hands-down this was the best pasta recipe I have ever made—though I did tweak it.

    I had more shrimp—so I added extra noodles, butter and garlic. I used the juice of one lemon but it was a dud and I hardly even got two tablespoons so not a huge lemon punch…sauce was thin. Too thin for my liking. So I added a big scoop of whipped cream cheese (it’s just what I had on hand).

    I loath the crunch of fresh parsley. I stuck with dried Italian seasoning, loads of that red pepper flake in the beginning oil and butter mix, and of course the spinach gave it nice coloring.

    I even had it for breakfast the next day and tasted better than the first round. Easy peasy fast DELICIOUS recipe! Do try that cream cheese 😉

  10. 5 stars
    I omitted the cheese and baby spinach, and added a full tblspoon crushed red pepper for a lover of spicy foods. In conclusion it was a memorable dish. We found that it paired well with Mexican wine soda (Sangria Señorial.)

  11. 5 stars
    It came out excellent. The only difference was I doubled the recipe so I would have left overs. I would make this when having company over for dinner. Just put some chopped parsley around the plate for presentation.

    1. 5 stars
      I made this for dinner today and everybody loved it! Easy to make, ingredients were easily availabe, and preparing it wasn’t hard!

  12. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I had 2 lbs. of shrimp, so I made 16 ounces of linguine. Everything else I kept the same. My husband and I loved it! We had lots left over for leftovers too.

  13. 5 stars
    I made this exactly as written and it was delicious. It was so easy to make and comes together very quickly. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for the great recipe!!

  14. 5 stars
    My husband said this is an absolute keeper! I agree.

    I used kale instead of spinach and added a can of coconut milk with a little cornstarch. Excellent!!

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