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Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

This Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta is the quick weeknight dinner you've been looking for! Linguine smothered in a creamy sauce full of lemon and garlic flavors, tossed with browned shrimp
Course Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 520kcal
Author Nora


  • 12 oz. pasta preferably linguine
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • salt + freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • red pepper flakes and parmesan to serve optional


  • Prep: Prep your ingredients. Set aside a plate and some foil to keep the cooked shrimp warm. Get a pot of water boiling for the pasta and make a colander ready in the sink for draining. IMPORTANT: Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water when draining the pasta!
  • Cook the shrimp: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside on a plate and cover tightly with foil. Wipe the skillet.
  • Cook the sauce: In the same skillet, melt the remaining butter. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the white wine and chicken stock. Add the lemon zest and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the parmesan, cream and parsley and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Finish the dish: Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet and toss. Add the spinach and toss until it's wilted, about 1 minute. Add reserved cooking water, a little at a time, and toss until the sauce is smooth and creamy and coats the pasta well. Toss in the shrimp. Serve ASAP with parmesan, black pepper, chili flakes and lemon juice.


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 360mg | Sodium: 1223mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3085IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 372mg | Iron: 4.7mg