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Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce

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shrimp pasta recipe

Shrimp and Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce

Stephanie Gallagher
This shrimp and pasta recipe has a mild lemon butter sauce that naturally appeals to kids. Although this recipe has a touch of white wine in the sauce, you can substitute more lemon juice or chicken broth for the wine if you prefer.

Serve this shrimp pasta with a green salad, and you've got a complete meal on the table in 30 minutes.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 16 oz. spaghetti or linguine (whole wheat is okay)
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 lbs. extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk or cream


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente (the shortest cooking time). Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to let garlic burn.

  4. Add shrimp. Cook, turning halfway through, until shrimp turns pink and starts to curl, about 4-5 minutes.

  5. Remove shrimp to a plate. Add salt, red pepper flakes, white wine, lemon juice and chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then let simmer over medium heat, 5 minutes.

  6. Whisk in milk, stirring continuously.

  7. Whisk in remaining butter. Taste and adjust seasonings.

  8. Place pasta in a large serving bowl. (Add a tablespoon of olive oil, if you like. It will make the pasta easier to toss.) Top with shrimp.

  9. Pour lemon butter sauce over shrimp and pasta. Serve immediately.

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