Shrimp pasta is a versatile and flavorful dish that brings together the rich taste of seafood with the comforting texture of pasta. Perfect for special occasions or weeknight dinners, this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare at home. Whether you're a seasoned home cook, a pasta lover, or a seafood enthusiast, this guide will help you create restaurant-quality shrimp pasta in the comfort of your kitchen.

shrimp pasta

Ingredients List


  • 1 lb (450g) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 oz (225g) pasta (spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Optional Add-Ins

  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Baby spinach
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Zucchini, spiraled or sliced

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparing the Shrimp

  • Peeling and Deveining

If your shrimp isn't prepped, start by peeling the shell off. Use a paring knife to make a shallow cut along the back of the shrimp and remove the vein.

  • Seasoning

Toss the cleaned shrimp in a bowl with salt, pepper, and a bit of paprika or cayenne for an extra kick.

2. Cooking the Pasta

  • Boiling Water

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. The salt will enhance the pasta's flavor.

  • Cooking Al Dente

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. This usually takes about 8-10 minutes. Drain the pasta, but reserve a cup of the pasta water.

3. Sautéing the Shrimp

  • Heating the Pan

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

  • Cooking the Shrimp

Add the shrimp and sauté for about 2-3 minutes per side, until they turn pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

4. Making the Sauce

  • Sautéing Garlic

In the same skillet, add a bit more olive oil if needed and sauté the minced garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Deglazing with Wine

Pour in the white wine (or chicken broth) and scrape up any bits stuck in the pan. Allow it to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

  • Adding Cream and Cheese

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

5. Combining Pasta and Shrimp

  • Mixing It Up

Add the cooked pasta and shrimp back into the skillet. Toss everything together, ensuring the pasta is well-coated with the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of reserved pasta water until you reach the desired consistency.

  • Optional Add-Ins

If you're adding vegetables like cherry tomatoes or spinach, toss them in now and cook until they're tender.

Optional Additions and Variations

  • Veggies

Add sautéed mushrooms, zucchini, or bell peppers for extra flavor and nutrition.

  • Spices

Sprinkle in red pepper flakes for some heat or fresh herbs like basil and thyme for added aroma.

  • Sauces

Try a tomato-based sauce instead of cream for a lighter option.

Serving Suggestions

  • Plating

Serve the shrimp pasta in warm bowls or plates. Garnish with chopped parsley and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

  • Side Dishes

Complement your dish with a side of garlic bread or a fresh green salad.

  • Wine Pairing

A crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio pairs perfectly with shrimp pasta.


Creating a delectable shrimp pasta at home is easier than you think. Follow these steps, personalize the recipe with your favorite add-ins, and enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your home. We’d love to see your delicious creations! Share your photos and experiences in the comments or tag us on social media. Happy cooking!

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