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Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Shrimp is an ingredient that a lot of people struggle to use properly, usually because shrimp has the tendency to instantly turn tough and chewy if you aren’t being careful enough.
This recipe, however, should serve as a great introduction for those that aren’t that experienced with cooking shrimp, as it has such a short cooking time.
You can be eating in only 10 minutes from starting this recipe, which not only makes it a great weeknight meal but also makes it very difficult to accidentally overcook your shrimp.
Garlic Shrimp Pasta Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Homemade garlic butter sauce
• Shrimp, medium sized, peeled and deveined
• Linguini, or whatever your favorite pasta is
• Fresh parsley and lemon wedges to garnish
How To Make Garlic Shrimp Pasta
• Prepare your garlic butter sauce
• In a large pot, cook your pasta until it is just al dente, following the cooking instructions on the packet
• In a separate skillet, cook the shrimp in 2 tablespoons of butter until pink, about 3 minutes
• Once cooked, remove and set aside
• Toss the pasta and the shrimp in the homemade garlic butter sauce, squeeze the lemon over the top and garnish with the parsley and then serve
How To Cook Your Shrimp Perfectly
Cooking shrimp is always difficult, especially for those that aren’t particularly experienced with cooking with seafood.
If you leave your shrimp in the pan for even a minute longer than you should, you will find that it becomes chewy in a slightly unpleasant way.
To avoid this, you want to make sure that every other part of this recipe is ready and waiting before you start cooking the shrimp.
Make sure your pasta is already cooked and drained, and you have everything you need, including the bowls and the silverware, before the shrimp touches the pan.
If you start cooking your shrimp but then realize that you need to quickly finish the pasta or get something ready, you will find yourself accidentally overcooking your shrimp as it sits there. Even the carryover heat after taking it out of the pan could be enough to end up with that weird pink shrimp that everyone hates.
The shrimp needs to be almost the last thing you do in preparing for dinner; done right, the shrimp should come out perfectly cooked, juicy, and tender.
What Kind Of Pasta Is Best For This Recipe?
There are loads of different types of pasta available for you to choose from to use in this recipe. You could use the linguini recommended here in this recipe or any other type of straight pasta like spaghetti.
However, feel free to use more specifically shaped pasta types, like penne or something else, if that is your preference.
Those types of shapes are great for hanging onto sauce as well and can really help coat every bite with garlicky sauce.
It doesn’t really matter what type of pasta you choose to use for this recipe because the obvious star of the show is going to be the garlic butter sauce.
However, for a little bit more flavor in every bite, try and use fresh egg pasta if you can. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from the store, egg pasta is going to taste just that little bit more intense, fresh, and delicious.
Plus, it cooks super quick, so it can be cooked and ready almost before your shrimp is even finished cooking!
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Garlic Shrimp Pasta
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 10 minutes
- Main Course
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 cup homemade garlic butter sauce (double the recipe)
- 1 1/2 pounds shrimp medium sized, peeled and deveined
- 8 ounces linguini or your favorite pasta
- fresh parsley to garnish
- lemon wedges to garnish
- Prepare a double batch of our homemade garlic butter sauce and set aside
- In a large pot, cook the pasta until al dente (following cooking instructions on the package).
- In a separate skillet, cook the shrimp in 2 tablespoons of butter until pink, this usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Once done, remove and set aside.
- Toss the pasta and shrimp in the homemade garlic butter sauce
- Squeeze lemon juice over top and serve with lemon wedges and fresh parsley as garnish.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.