Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

I don’t always share a ton of new recipes on my blog, but sometimes I’ll see something online that grabs my attention and this was one of them. It’s a winner!  I made it for Mark and we both loved it and ate like pigs that night. He said it was as good as any pasta dish he’s had at a restaurant and I’d have to agree.  And it’s a one dish pasta dish that’s easy too.  Takes no time to put together!

I saw this on Facebook and it’s from Buzzfeed.  They grab you with those short videos that make you say, wow….I can do that, it looks easy and fast!  This one really is easy and fast. Anything with shrimp and pasta, I love!

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As I usually do, I tweaked the recipe and added more ingredients.  I’m sometimes a more is more kind of girl when it comes to cooking, especially pasta recipes.  I added a can of tomatoes and fresh mushrooms, because I figured those things would just make it better and I totally think it does.  I didn’t use as much red pepper flakes either.  Just a bit spices it up enough.

I used fresh linguine, but you can definitely use the regular dried kind too.  I’d say this makes about 4 servings, depending on how hungry you are.  We ate a lot and I had a small serving left over.

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Fresh parsley, lemon juice and Parmasean cheese are part of the ingredients.

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I added this can of Red Gold tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano.

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And I used frozen wild caught shrimp that wasn’t cooked for ease. This was about 12 oz. so not quite a lb. bag.

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You start by sautéing a little olive oil and garlic and then start throwing things in the pan.  I used fresh linguine, so it cooks really fast and I cooked it separately in another pot.

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Once the spinach cooks down it looks like this.  I actually cooked my shrimp first, but didn’t want to overcook it so once it was done (shrimp cooks so fast), I took it out of my pan and let the other ingredients simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add remaining butter and Parmesan at the end of cooking and let all ingredients meld together.

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Took out the shrimp, then I added the shrimp back in the pan at the end and mixed the linguine with it.

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Here’s the pasta dish in the bowl and it was truly delicious! I’ll be making this one again and again.  It was so fast to put together and has all those good flavors melded together. You can see the original recipe on that Buzzfeed link above, but I’ll share this as I made it with added ingredients.  I made several tweaks, like not using a whole stick of butter.  I used about 1/2 stick or less.  Adding the canned tomatoes adds extra liquid in there too, which I think is better. The addition of the mushrooms and tomatoes really made it flavorful and we loved it!

Recipe below in the Recipe writer.  If you can’t see it, let me know!  The recipe app doesn’t show on my mobile phone view, so you will need to print on your PC view.  I also added a cut and paste version after the recipe app for those who can’t see it below.


One pot Lemon Garlic shrimp pasta, modified from Buzzfeed.


Servings: 3
Preparation time: 30
Cooking time: 15
Total time: 45
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Rating: Not rated

8 ounces linguine
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 stick butter
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste, for your palette)
1 pound peeled uncooked shrimp
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 package baby spinach (approx. 4 cups)
1 package baby Bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 small can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano
1/2 cup Parmasean cheese
2 tablespoons fresh diced parsley
1/2 lemon squeezed for lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, boil water and add pasta. Cook (stirring frequently) until al dente.
Drain and set aside pasta.
I used a large pan for my shrimp dish, heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, cook until fragrant.
Toss in shrimp, salt and pepper to taste, and stir until shrimp start to turn pink. Here’s where I went ahead and took out the shrimp since shrimp cooks fast. Once it’s cooked, I removed from pan and set aside.
Add oregano and spinach, cook until wilted. I added the canned tomatoes and fresh sliced mushrooms here and let simmer for 5 minutes or so.
Return cooked pasta to the pot, add shrimp back to pan, remaining butter, parmesan, and parsley. Stir until well mixed and the butter is melted.
Add lemon juice, mix once more, then serve while hot. Enjoy!

- Rhoda


  1. Melanie says:

    That looks delicious! Just printed the recipe and will make soon.

  2. Totally giving this one a try, Rhoda! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Heidi

  3. Carolee says:

    Looks wonderful! I plan to make this recipe soon.

  4. We are currently following a low carb diet and this would be perfect using spiralized zucchini noodles! And, I have some shrimp in the freezer! Yum.

  5. Sounds (and looks) delicious! Adding this to the rotation! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Melesa Garrison says:

    Looks delicious. I would kill the mushrooms bc I’m not a fan (it’s a texture thing 😉
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • That’s the beauty of recipes, add what you like and leave out what you don’t. I do that all the time!

  7. The dish looks delicious! It’s nice that you cook for Mark on occasion. Dating can be so expensive if every date night includes an expensive restaurant meal. I’m sure it is very relaxing to share time together in your pretty home having a tasty home cooked meal out on the porch. I’ve notice that you come up with ideas for low cost events to attend on dates that are a fun way to spend time together without breaking the bank. Well done.

    • Hi, Lindy, yes you are right. Dating and eating out can be expensive, so we do try to do some low cost entertainment too. I enjoy cooking for him and do that once a week and yes, we do sit on the porch!

  8. Rhoda I don’t want to do it but I guess I’m going to have to stop reading your blog. There are so many ads on the left and bottom of the script that I am only seeing a few inches of text. Maybe it’s just my computer but I don’t have the problem with most of the other blogs I regularly read. I love your blog but it is just too frustrating for me.

    • HI, Linda, I’m not sure what is going on with your view, but if you are running an ad blocker, that might be the problem. Some folks are having problems viewing in Chrome or Firefox with an ad blocker. Sorry, but I think it is looking normal for most everyone. I don’t have any problems on my Mac. How are you reading, on a laptop, phone view or iPad?

  9. Linda Southworth says:

    This was our Friday meal. Can I say STUPENDOUS?! Everyone changes just a little so I added the full pound of shrimp and no mushrooms at hubby’s request. This turned out so good. It has been added to my list of recipes to cook again. Oh and for those that don;t like too much heat just scale back on the red pepper flakes. I did just that and still had a nice bit of heat and soooo good! Thank you for sharing.

    • HI, Linda, I’m so glad you loved it too! Definitely going to be one that I do over and over again. And yes, we all have preferences, so tweak away!

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