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 107 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. I have made this several times for dinner it is absolutely delicious! I cooked some cherry tomatoes till they were soft and I also added some mushrooms that I lightly sautéed in butter it really added a little extra flavor and it was really good I like to play with this recipe you can do so many things with it and it’s so good and easy to make enjoy it thoroughly thank you!

  2. Thank you Alyssa, such a delicious recipe and all cooked in one pot! I usually follow a new recipe exactly the first time, but I did add 1/2 c of pasta water to the final mix and was very happy with the creamy sauce. This is a keeper and I will make it again and again.

  3. 5 stars
    My boys love this. My granddaughter brought over her friend for dinner and he loved it so much he invited his two brothers to come join us! Lol.

  4. 5 stars
    So easy a yet it taste great. I love this for a fast week night dinner and I would also serve this to company in a pinch as long as I have a lemon on hand. I’d make this more often for a quick meal but lemons are something I don’t always have in the house.

  5. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I didn’t have spinach and my husband was quite happy I didn’t put it in there. He loves spinach too.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe has now become a weekly one that’s been added to our routine along with numerous others from here. I love how quickly everything goes together from prep to table and the rich flavors with every dish

  7. 5 stars
    I made this, but I just had frozen spinach. Thawed and squeezed the water out, and added it at the same time as the fresh. I also used fettucine since I had no linguini. This turned out AMAZING! I halved the recipe since it’s just my husband and me, and I have a serving left for lunch today.

    Make this recipe! It’s very easy and delicious. Total pantry pull, too.

  8. 5 stars
    This dish was so yummy!! I only wish I would have made more!
    Can’t wait to make it again!

  9. 5 stars
    Absolutely delish! Both by kids and hubby. Everyone said it was in my top five. So I thank you so very much and look forward to testing out some other recipes that you’ve shared!

  10. So easy to make and has a refreshing taste. Highly recommend. I will definitely be making this again. One of my new favorite recipes.

  11. So good. Will be adding asparagus and mushrooms and no spinach for a heartier batch this time around!

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious. The garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon, all layer together beautifully with all the other ingredients. We went light on the pepper flakes since one family member isn’t keen on them and the result was perfect. I’ll definitely make this again!

  13. Does the carb count you have listed include the linguine? I’m always looking for low carb meals for my child, he diabetic but the Nutrition Facts listed doesn’t seem correct.

  14. 5 stars
    The recipe is simple and delicious – I’ve made it many times, and always enjoy it. My problem is with your website – it is so chock full of ads and unnecessary drivel that I don’t want to come back. It’s just too frustrating to use!

  15. 5 stars
    Prepared as directed, except added mushrooms as another reviewer suggested. It was wonderful! We will prepare again

  16. 5 stars
    Yummy! Didn’t have spinach so subbed frozen broccoli. Also added garlic powder (I really like garlic).

  17. 5 stars
    Just finished making and eating. Son-in-law and husband both said “restaurant quality”. I don’t even like to cook but saw this and wanted to try it. I can’t wait to do it again. Wonderful.

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