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Lemon Pasta With Shrimp
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Lemon Shrimp Pasta in 30 Minutes

This Lemon Pasta with Shrimp is out of this world.  The lemon shines through, the capers and garlic give it extra oomph and the butter makes it rich and silky. Seriously good!
Prep Time18 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 5
Author: Cheryl


  • 2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (16-21 per pound)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound spaghettinni or angel hair pasta (375 g/12 ounces)


  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 large lemon - the juice and the zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated (frozen cubes ok too)
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (optional)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Have all ingredients ready to go. 
  • ROAST SHRIMP: Pat shrimp dry and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay them in a single layer on a foil-lined pan. Roast for 6-8 minutes until pink and barely no longer translucent. Don't overcook.
  • COOK PASTA: Boil pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving one cup of the pasta liquid for the sauce.
  • MAKE LEMON SAUCE: While pasta is boiling, heat butter in a large pan on medium-low. Add all the other sauce ingredients except parsley (including spinach and tomatoes if using). Mix well for 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  • ASSEMBLE: Add the hot pasta to the sauce and toss together. Add less than 1/2 cup of reserved pasta liquid to make a smooth consistency (use more if needed). Add roasted shrimp with juice in pan. Sprinkle on parsley. Toss together, adjust seasonings if needed and serve immediately.
Serving: 5g | Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 481mg | Sodium: 1999mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3327IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 6mg