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 130 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
    Great recipe! I added chopped up bacon and tomato but omitted the red pepper flakes. Kids LOVED it. I loved how quickly it came together. Thank you

  2. 5 stars
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  3. 5 stars
    I would give this 10 stars if I could. This recipe was phenomenal! It was very quick to make and tasted like it came from a high-end restaurant (and I am no high-end cook lol). Quick, easy, delicious and everyone LOVED it! This will be a staple recipe in our house, for sure. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    This has become a monthly fav in our house. Always turns out great and super easy to make in no time. I do add fresh peppers
    In place of flakes. Fantastic recipe and Thank you so much for sharing

  5. 5 stars
    Just made your recipe and it was fantastic. So easy to prepare and so delicious. I used a cup of frozen spinach and 6 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter and I skipped the parsley . I will be making this again, soon! Thank you so much!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and wow..this was phenomenal!! One of my new faves. I omitted the spinach as my husband wouldn’t like it. The package of shrimp I got was only 1lb but I kept all other measurements the same. I used freshly grated parmesan cheese rather than the Kraft green bottle kind. Yum yummmm!!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Carly, I just made the recipe tonight 2 kinds 1 with chicken for my parents because they don’t eat shrimp and the other one with shrimp. It was delicious and like you I didn’t have spinach as well as you and as you said, this recipe is a keeper! I read your review and I decided to try it! Thanks!Yumm! Merry Christmas!🌲❄

  7. 5 stars
    Super easy and versatile! First time made it with spinach, second time with baby portobello. Both delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    Wow this was absolutely delicious!!! I wanted to eat the entire pot myself!!! Of course I shared with my 7 year-old daughter and hubby and they both loved it! However, I did only put half the red pepper flakes amount just to be safe for my daughter. Definitely saving and making this recipe again!!! Delicioso!!! Thanks!

  9. Just finished dinner and W O W. Delicious! I made it as directed but also added a large can of diced tomatoes. This one really hit the mark for my husband and me. I will be checking out more of your recipes. 😛

  10. 5 stars
    This is one of the best pasta recipes I have ever had, and I am 61 years old. I wish I could leave a photo comment because I think mine looks better! LOL I only added 1/2 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes and that was plenty. It was perfect seasoning for us. If you really like it spicy, add the whole teaspoon. Thanks so much for this recipe! It is absolutely fantastic!!!

  11. Just made your lemon garlic shrimp and it smelled so good, I had to eat some before cleaning the cooking area. This recipe is to die for. Even my roommate came into the kitchen and said “it smells like a restaurant chef is cooking. This is now my favorite shrimp recipe. Move over shrimp scampi. I did use Romano in place of parmesan. Thank you for all your delicious recipes.

      1. Had leftovers from last night’s dinner, so had it for breakfast this morning. I can never get enough of a garlic/shrimp meal. Thank you again for this delicious recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    I have now made this delicious recipe several times. It is the most satisfying meal – and who would guess how easy and how little effort goes into the prep time. I have followed the recipe exactly with the exception that I have not brought myself to adding 1tsp of red pepper flake – I use a generous half teaspoon. Thank you for the recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    Have made this several times, exactly as written … don’t change a thing, you will not be disappointed. Delicious!!

  14. 5 stars
    I had made a similar recipe I kinda made up myself, but found this one and thought I’d make it. The red pepper flakes, lemon and italian seasoning were great additions. Now i make this one all the time. My husband loves this dish and ask for it regularly. Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    Used broccoli in place of the spinach I didn’t have This was an incredible dinner. Beautiful presentation. Only other change….added extra lemon juice. Yum! Thank-you! Susan

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