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 156 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 have made this recipe and love it! Not only is it simple to make, the taste is fantastic. I will be using this recipe again.

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t usually post on recipe sites, but I have come back to this recipe at least a dozen times. It can be an elevated meal or just a Friday night easy meal. It’s my go-to when I want to make something delicious. Everyone has absolutely loved it. The recipe is easy to follow. Thank you for this!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a fabulous recipe! I sautéd mushrooms and cherry tomatoes with the garlic and increased the lemon juice to 4T. It lends itself to tweaking! Great base recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I normally don’t post reviews but I keep bringing myself back to this recipe for a quick but delicious dinner. I’ve made it probably 10 times now it’s becoming a staple in my house!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! It’s quick to make and it tastes amazing. I added some heavy whipping cream at the end when mixing everything together to add a little more creaminess! I’ll definitely be making this again

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was DELICIOUS!!! My very picky 5 year old even ate it minus the shrimp. My other 2 children devoured their bowls and wanted more. Thank you so much for this easy & delicious recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Needed to come up with something quick and simple with shrimp tonight. I’m so happy I came across your shrimp recipe. Quick, easy and yummy. Next I make, I will add extra parmesan on top each serving, as per my family ‘s request, otherwise loved it! Looking forward to making another one of your recipes. Thank you for saving me tonight for dinner!

  8. 3 stars
    Usually love your recipes. Sorry this was just OK IMO. Just not alot of flavor despite my 5 cloves of garlic and extra pepper flakes and added more parm. sorry

  9. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I sent the recipe to my 3 daughter’s in law because it is tasty, quick and simple. Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    I hadn’t planned to make THE most incredibly scrumptious meal but this was absolutely delicious. Tasted like a gourmet meal plated at a beachside restaurant. I love spinach and spicy so this was a great combo. I added only 1/2 tsp of the red pepper flakes since one of my kiddos tends to think everything is spicy. Everyone asked to add this to the dinner rotation. Thank you!

      1. 5 stars
        I have made this 4 times and it’s been a hit every time. It’s says if you want a little bit creamier sauce, add some heavy cream. At what point do I add the cream? Thank you for a fantastic recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness.

    That’s it! That’s all that needs to be said!

    I ended up using broccoli because I didn’t have any spinach. Also, this is spicy, but sooo good! I almost skipped the lemon juice, just because sometimes it overpowers the recipe, but I can barely taste it. How this doesn’t have a thousand reviews, I’m not sure. But everyone needs to make this! The lady above that said it’s one of the best meals she’s ever cooked wasn’t joking. My, oh my!

  12. 5 stars
    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it with some sauteed zucchini and other veggies. An crusty garlic bread. And a nice wine.

  13. 5 stars
    This was one of the best meals I’ve ever cooked and I’ve been cooking for 50 years! Only thing I did different was to cook one pound of pasta. Thanks for sharing!

      1. I’m going to attempt to make this meal tonight.. I pray it turns out. Lol

  14. 5 stars
    Instead of adding salt, pepper, and later lemon, I just used a couple teaspoons of lemon pepper seasong. Threw in a bit of left over ham and some mozzarella. Yummy!

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe is a crowd pleaser. Family loved it, friend I cooked it for loved it. For my mom, who is lactose intolerant, skipped the butter and just used the olive oil, added extra garlic salt, and skipped the parm. Turned out just as delicious

  16. 5 stars
    Oh lala. So good. Added asparagus and enjoyed every. Single. Bite. Crusty bread was all else needed. Followed exact made perfect. All loved it 8 year old included.

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