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shrimp pasta recipe

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

This shrimp recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes and it turns out so flavorful every time. Simple, filling, and easily adapted to what you have on hand. Swap in cubed chicken for the shrimp or use any shape of pasta you have. Either way, this dish will be a family favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy pasta recipes, seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 591kcal


  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 8 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 pound shrimp uncooked, shelled and deveined
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • During the last 5 minutes of cooking the pasta, heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the shrimp, garlic, red pepper, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    cooked shrimp in cast iron skillet
  • Cook the shrimp, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes or until pink on the outside.
  • Remove shrimp to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and melt over low heat.
  • Use tongs to remove the cooked spaghetti from the pot of water, allowing most of the water to drip off the spaghetti, and place spaghetti in the skillet.
  • Add the spinach and Parmesan to the spaghetti and toss to coat, continuing to cook over low heat stirring constantly, until the spinach has wilted.
    pasta, parmesan, and spinach in cast iron skillet
  • Return the shrimp to the skillet and stir to combine.
    shrimp pasta in cast iron skillet
  • Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Serve with additional Parmesan, if desired.
    easy shrimp pasta in blue bowl


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 354mg | Sodium: 1614mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4708IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 5mg