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This easy Garlic and Herb Shrimp Pasta is full of fresh and real food ingredients for a simple and healthy dinner that’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

This is a back-to-basics kind of meal! None of my recipes are ever complicated, but I often find that the most classic flavor combinations are favorites for a reason!

A simple blend of bright fresh herbs, sweet and fresh tomatoes, butter, and garlic can transform any plain pasta or seafood dish into a rich and heavenly meal that tastes as though you spent hours in the kitchen.

A side shot of garlic shrimp pasta in a skillet pan

With the Farmer’s Markets and local gardens now bursting with produce, this is the type of recipe that comes together quickly and easily…and you don’t need any fancy spices or cooking methods to make the fresh ingredients taste amazing.

Ingredients You Need to Make Garlic Shrimp Pasta

  • Spaghetti (or any long pasta shape)
  • Olive oil – for baking
  • Lemon zest & basil – enhances all the flavors of this dish
  • Butter – adds richness and flavor
  • Shrimp – peeled and deveined to make it easier
  • Garlic – add a punch of flavor
  • Tomatoes – fresh, sweet and delicious
  • Parsley – goes perfectly with seafood

This easy Garlic and Herb Shrimp Pasta is full of fresh and real food ingredients for a simple and healthy dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes!

This clean eating, wholesome dinner will please even the youngest, pickiest palates in your house — I promise!

What Makes this Shrimp Pasta Healthy?

Shrimp and garlic and extremely healthy foods to have in your diet. Shrimp are a great source of protein, vitamin B12 and are packed full of omega 3 fatty acids.

Garlic is also well known for being loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals, being linked to lower blood, cholesterol and the risk or heart disease.

This garlic shrimp pasta is also packed with fresh lemon, tomatoes and olive oil basically all the Mediterranean goodness you need for a healthy balanced meal!

A close up of garlic shrimp pasta in a blue skillet

Top Tips to Remember

  • Buy good quality shrimp some cheaper varieties can be full of water which will dilute the taste of this dish
  • To speed things up buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined from your fishmonger or supermarket
  • As with the shrimp try to use the highest quality ingredients throughout this meal from the tomatoes to lemon for best results. When flavors are simple they need to be high quality
  • You can swap regular spaghetti for whole grain to add extra nutritional benefits just remember that whole grain pasta takes slightly longer to cook
  • Keep an eye on your timings, shrimp cook fast and when they are overcooked they become hard and rubbery.
  • Leftovers can be eaten the next day as a cold pasta salad, keep refrigerated.

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Garlic and Herb Shrimp Pasta

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 536 kcal
A healthy and simple garlic shrimp pasta filled with fresh lemon, tomatoes, and herbs. Quick, easy and delicious!

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot.
  • Meanwhile drizzle olive oil in a glass baking pan and sprinkle with lemon zest, basil, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 3 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven, add butter, and let it melt. Stir in shrimp and garlic and toss to coat.
  • Return pan to oven and bake for an additional 6-7 minutes, or just until shrimp start to turn pink. Stir in tomatoes, bake for an additional 1-3 minutes (or until tomatoes start to soften and shrimp are completely pink).
  • Serve shrimp mixture over pasta and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Stir in additional olive oil and lemon juice, as necessary.

Notes

  • Buy good quality shrimp some cheaper varieties can be full of water which will dilute the taste of this dish
  • To speed things up buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined from your fishmonger or supermarket
  • As with the shrimp try to use the highest quality ingredients throughout this meal from the tomatoes to lemon for best results. When flavors are simple they need to be high quality
  • You can swap regular spaghetti for whole grain to add extra nutritional benefits just remember that whole grain pasta takes slightly longer to cook
  • Keep an eye on your timings, shrimp cook fast and when they are overcooked they become hard and rubbery.
  • Leftovers can be eaten the next day as a cold pasta salad, keep refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 35gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 1234mgPotassium: 571mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1355IUVitamin C: 26.1mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 4mg
Keyword: Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Healthy Shrimp Pasta, shrimp pasta
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Author: The Seasoned Mom

blair

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Sometimes the simplest of meals are the best! This pasta looks SO good, Blair. Whenever I make pasta or order it out, I always opt for an oil or cream based sauce. Just so much flavor! And garlic is the best, so I’m loving this combination. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. This looks so good and I’m loving that blue skillet! I need a few colored ones. Where did you find them?

  3. My tongue is hanging out of my mouth like a classy lady when she’s really interested in food! 😉

    1. Hi, GiGi! You never disappoint when it comes to your comments…you ALWAYS make me smile! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    I could eat this every single night, Blair. A fresh pasta is the best, especially in the summer months. I love when simple, healthy ingredients combine to make magic. Beautiful! Sharing 🙂

  5. Shrimp are my favorite and this looks so bright and flavorful. Love the addition of sweet grape tomatoes!

    1. Thanks, Amanda! We love shrimp too, and it doesn’t take much to enjoy them — just a few basic ingredients! 🙂

  6. I love simple pasta meals and you have got a great recipe with easy to find ingredients. Thanks Blair !