Quick and Easy Dinner: Pasta and Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

Looking for an easy and quick dinner that you can make in no time? Check out this pasta and garlic shrimp recipe! It’s perfect for a weeknight, and it’ll taste great!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Who is in for a delicious dinner? Or if you are at home now, you still have time to hit the grocery store to make this for lunch. A pasta dish can never get old, its a classic, and usually very versatile. This pasta and garlic shrimp is no exception, quick and easy to make on a week night, it’s comforting, fancy and delicious. It will please your family, and can be totally made for a date night served with some delicious white wine.

I usually peel my shrimp for this, but if you want to save time, go ahead and just buy the shrimp peeled, this will make you throw this recipe together in a matter of minutes.

I like how flavorful the sauce turned, its especially good when you dip some toasted bread into it. You have to soak all that goodness. The sauce is made with simple ingredients, but it tastes very rich and full of depth and flavor.

Never skip the white wine, just save a little to add to the sauce, and the rest sip it while cooking. Its almost mandatory on a Tuesday night, when Friday and the weekend seem like an eternity away.

In our house my husband specializes in shrimp dishes, so I was lucky enough to just observe and enjoy. I swear, every time he makes it, it tastes a hundred times better than mine. I can’t complain, more for him to cook.

We kept it simple and used spaghetti for this recipe, you can totally go ahead and swap for any pasta you have on hand, angel hair or linguine would be a good choice. Some fresh basil to brighten and add some color is always a good idea too.Enjoy!



  • ½ cup chopped garlic (2 garlic heads)
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 dried chili peppers
  • 2 pounds medium-large shrimp, peeled
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • ½ lb. pasta, spaghetti
  • 2 tbsps. salt


  1. To a small sauce pan over medium-low heat add the oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir occasionally as the mixture comes barely to a simmer. Adjust the heat to the lowest setting to keep the mixture at that gentle simmer add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic achieves a pale golden color, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the lemon juice and simmer until most of the juice has been absorbed into the garlic, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili peppers and add the wine, taste the mixture and add a little more salt if needed. Keep the pan over very low heat.
  3. Set a large nonstick heavy skillet over medium-high heat and spoon in 2 tablespoons of the oil mixture, but NO garlic. Add the shrimp to the skillet, sprinkle generously with salt plus pepper and stir gently and continuously until the shrimp are just cooked, 8 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic sauce to the shrimp and set aside.
  5. Pasta
  6. In a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Once water is boiling, add the salt and pasta. Stir occasionally to keep pasta from sticking.
  7. Place the lid on the pot to help bring the water back to a boil.
  8. Once the water is boiling again, remove the lid for the remaining cook time to prevent the pasta from boiling over.
  9. Follow the package directions for cook times. Perfectly cooked pasta has to be a little firm to the bite and not mushy so taste test it.
  10. Once your pasta is ready, turn off the heat and scoop out 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  11. Drain the pasta into a colander in the sink. Do no rinse the pasta. You don’t want to drain the pasta all that well, it should still retaining some pasta water.
  12. Scoop the pasta onto a deep serving platter and top with the garlicky shrimp mixture.
  13. Decorate with fresh basil and serve.

Pasta and Garlic Shrimp is a delicious dish that is sure to please everyone in the family. The shrimp adds a wonderful texture to the pasta while garlic and basil give it an extra kick of flavor. If you want to make this dish, check out our recipe for Pasta and Garlic Shrimp here.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner that won’t require much effort, this pasta and garlic shrimp recipe is perfect for you! It takes just a few minutes to cook and the shrimp pairs perfectly with the garlic flavor in the pasta. We would love to hear your feedback about this dish in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you add cooked shrimp to pasta?

Shrimp can bring a lot of flavour to a simple pasta meal. You can make your favourite pasta and flavour it with ingredients like Parmesan cheese, garlic, and dried basil. To make a nutritious dinner, toss some freshly heated prawns into your pasta. Add some sauteed vegetables to your plate for added nourishment.

Can you use frozen cooked shrimp for pasta?

This recipe can be made with either fresh or frozen shrimp. If you’re using frozen shrimp, make sure they’re completely defrosted before cooking. Cover the frozen shrimp in cold water for around 20 minutes to complete this task swiftly.

What can you make with shrimp and spaghetti noodles?

Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti is a simple and quick weeknight noodle recipe. Light and fluffy pasta coupled with savoury, luscious shrimp sizzling in a garlic butter sauce. It’s a family favourite that takes me around 15 minutes to prepare.

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