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Pasta with Shrimp, Tomatoes, Garlic, Lemon and Basil


Pasta with Shrimp, Tomatoes, Garlic, Lemon, and Basil

I wanted to make a simple dinner that didn’t take much thought so I threw together this pasta with shrimp, tomatoes, garlic, lemon, and basil. This dish turned out light, fresh & full of flavor, and the ingredients combined nicely together and left us wanting more. I think this may be my new favorite pasta dish and it paired nicely with our house salad.

How to Make Pasta with Shrimp, Tomatoes, Garlic, Lemon, and Basil:

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 2 cups medium-size shrimp, peeled & deveined (thawed if frozen)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Combine all ingredients and marinate for at least 3 hours.

Remaining Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. spaghetti, cooked al dente,  drain reserving 1/4 cup cooking pasta water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped

Cook spaghetti according to the instructions; drain, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for about 2-3 minutes; add marinated shrimp and cook for 1 minute.

Add lemon juice and butter, and reserved pasta water, as needed, and cook an additional 30-60 seconds. Add cooked pasta, Parmesan cheese, and basil then combine. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy.

Pasta with Shrimp, Tomatoes, Garlic, Lemon, and Basil


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  1. This is definitely going on my to-make-soon list! I love shrimp and pasta, and the rest of the stuff in there is icing on the cake.

  2. I made this dish right before going to Italy. We ate in a small restaurant in the Cinque Terra that served something remarkably similiar except that it also had fresh mussels added to it. We just got home 2 days ago and I am using your recipe to recreate our meal! Thanks so much!