Shrimp pasta. This shrimp pasta with butter sauce is the perfect easy dinner. With only 5 minutes of prep time and about 20 minutes of cooking, you will have this shrimp pasta recipe ready for dinner! Serve with a salad or veggies and fresh bread and dinner is done!
My go to “special dinner” is this amazing Shrimp Pasta Recipe. My dad has made shrimp pasta for as long as I can remember. Now it is special in our house because it is something my dad made often when I was a kid and is something he still makes often when we go over for dinner.
My kids tell me this tastes just like my Dad’s, but I feel like his always tastes better than mine and I am pretty sure that is because food always tastes better when someone else makes it.
Shrimp pasta starts with your favorite pasta, we like to use linguini, butter, seasonings and shrimp. In a skillet you cook the shrimp with the butter while the pasta is cooking, drain the pasta and then add in the shrimp and butter sauce. So easy to make and it takes less than 30 minutes! Perfect easy dinner for a busy week night meal.
This shrimp pasta recipe is so easy to make. If you are a fan of seafood and have never cooked with it before and are looking for an easy recipe to get started with this one is perfect.
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Main dish or Side dish?
Most of the time in our house shrimp pasta is the main dish, but there are also times when I make it as the side dish. It is perfect for both, and if you are looking for an easy seafood side dish this one is perfect.
What to serve with Shrimp Pasta
If I am making this shrimp pasta as the main meal then I add a salad, fresh bread, and a veggie. If you are looking for some sides that go well with this shrimp and pasta recipe we have a few favorites. This roasted asparagus recipe is quick, easy and can be made while the rest of the meal is cooking, and this roasted brussel sprouts is one that everyone loves too. If you are looking for a tasty salad, this avocado BLT salad is one of our favorites! Looking for more side dish ideas to go with pasta? Check out some of our favorites.
Can you make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes! This pasta dish is great as a dinner enjoyed right away but it also makes an awesome lunch!
My kids have asked me to make this for them to bring to school in their lunch boxes. Which I have done for them and just packed it in a thermos.
Just cook the shrimp pasta the night before, and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Then in the morning heat it up in the microwave and then put it in the thermos.
Variations of this recipe
Add Garlic. If you want to make a garlic shrimp pasta, just add in one tablespoon of diced garlic while you are cooking the shrimp.
Add veggies. If you want to add veggies to the pasta you can, but it is best to saute them in a separate pan and then add them to the pasta after you have cooked it and the shrimp. I like adding spinach, green bell peppers, onions, or broccoli.
How to Tell when Shrimp is done cooking
It is important that you watch the shrimp as it cooks, to ensure the shrimp doesn’t become overcooked. As soon as the shrimp turns pink, it is done cooking. You do not want to overcook the shrimp. I find it cooks best when I give it a little stir here and there while it is cooking in the melted butter.
Can I leave the shrimp whole?
Yes, you can, however, I like to not have to worry about cutting up my shrimp when I am eating it so I cut them up before cooking.
Do I have to use Linguni?
Shrimp Pasta Ingredients
- 2 pounds raw shrimp
- 1 pound linguini pasta
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive Oil
How to Make Shrimp Pasta
Peel raw shrimp and chop them into bite-sized pieces.
Fill a pot with water and cook the pasta to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, over medium heat add a large skillet. Add 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and 1/2 cup of butter to the skillet.
Once the butter is melted add the salt, pepper and parsley. Stir to mix well.
Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink.
When the pasta is done cooking, drain the water and add it back to the pot.
Pour the shrimp and butter mixture into the noodles and mix well.
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Shrimp Pasta recipe
- Peel raw shrimp and chop them into bite-sized pieces.
- Fill a pot with water and cook the pasta to al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, over medium heat add a large skillet. Add 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and 1/2 cup of butter to the skillet.
- Once the butter is melted add the salt, pepper and parsley. Stir to mix well.
- Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink.
- When the pasta is done cooking, drain the water and add it back to the pot.
- Pour the shrimp and butter mixture into the noodles and mix well.
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