Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta features tender noodles and seafood in a mouthwatering, creamy sauce. Have this fabulous Italian shrimp pasta recipe on the table in just 20 minutes! This is one shrimp recipe that makes the perfect weeknight meal.
One pot meals are a quick and easy way to get a flavorful meal on the table in no time. I love making them when my days are particularly hectic!
Not only is this recipe better than fast food, but having cooked pasta is perfect for date night and is a family favorite for eating together.
You can even make this dish for fine dining!
This is a great recipe using fresh shrimp and a fun way to make busy weeknights seem way less stressful.
Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta
This creamy shrimp pasta recipe serves 4-6 people, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, or double it for a potluck dish or to feed a larger crowd.
Plus, everything cooks in the same pot, which means fewer dishes to clean afterwards!
I also have an incredible Cajun version of this recipe that features a ton of veggies smothered in a delectable spicy Parmesan sauce.
Italian Shrimp Pasta Recipe Tips
- Salt your water. Don’t skip this simple step before boiling your noodles! It adds a lot of flavor to this dish.
- Don’t overcook your shrimp! They don’t take long to cook through at all, so keep an eye on them. Once they are pink on both sides, they’re ready!
- Tip for a rich, velvety sauce: Don’t skip out on the heavy cream, and use full fat dairy. This will create a beautifully creamy sauce.
- Not a fan of shellfish? This easy garlic butter shrimp pasta would be just as tasty with chicken instead!
- Crank up the heat. You can add red pepper flakes to your liking if you want an extra kick.
You can never go wrong with a large bowl of salad! Such a staple dish that is incredibly easy to make.
Since this garlic butter shrimp pasta is so rich and filling on its own, you won’t need more than some garlic bread or steamed vegetables as your side.
Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta FAQ
This is completely up to you! Leaving them on will make for a beautiful presentation, but taking them off before serving will make it easier to devour.
However, cooking with the tails on does add a lot of extra flavor to the creamy shrimp pasta.
Yes, simply adjust the amount of liquid. I originally started with less water and milk but found that it needed more as the noodles cooked.
You can start with 1 ½ cups of each liquid and adjust from there. Or, simply stir some extra cream in at the end, then let it simmer for a few more minutes.
Any leftovers of this creamy garlic shrimp pasta will keep for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.
Reheat on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through. Add a splash of water or milk as needed for moisture.
While I think that this easy garlic shrimp pasta is perfect just like it is, that doesn’t mean that you can’t alter the recipe card a bit. The flavor of this lemon shrimp pasta goes really well with cherry tomatoes, fresh parsley, and topped with a ton of parmesan cheese.
This easy shrimp pasta can easily be turned into crab pasta or tuna pasta! Instead of making this garlic shrimp pasta recipe, add the crab meat to the ingredients instead of the shrimp.
Make this your own perfect recipe since it’s for your personal consumption. The best way to make this dish is to use seafood that you like, and the kind of pasta that you crave. You can use spaghetti noodles, angel hair pasta, or any other type of al dente pasta.
This one pot garlic shrimp spaghetti tastes good with all types of noodles and various seafood options. I recommend that you use long pasta so that you can wrap it around your fork and enjoy! It has the best flavor when it’s paired with the garlic butter sauce.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other One Pot Meals
Easy Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta Parmesan Recipe
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
- 1 pound fettucine, *See Notes
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly shredded/grated
- 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- chopped Italian parsley, for garnish (optional)
- In a wide, deep saucepan or pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until lightly golden and fragrant. about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Pour in the chicken broth, heavy cream, and milk. Stir in salt and pepper. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in fettuccine pasta. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until almost al dente, uncovering to stir and to separate the fettuccine noodles.
- Stir in the parsley and add shredded parmesan cheese. Stir until melted.
- Add shrimp and stir to combine. Cover for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp are pink and are no longer translucent, pasta is tender, and sauce is thickened. Garnish with additional parsley and shredded parmesan, if desired. Serve while hot.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published November 2017, updated and republished January 2024
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