Our 15 Best Quick and Easy Shrimp and Pasta Recipes
These classic shrimp and pasta creations add a touch of elegance to both date nights and quick weeknight meals. Most of these top-rated seafood recipes are ready in 45 minutes or less. To save time on prep, check your local market for fresh raw shrimp that come pre-peeled and deveined. You can also substitute pre-prepped frozen shrimp, just follow Chef John's quick tricks for making frozen shrimp as tasty as fresh.
Ragin' Cajun Pasta
"This recipe includes lots of our favorite things — shrimp, smoked sausage, chicken, and fresh veggies — and can easily be adapted to use what you have on hand," says Staci. "A crusty bread for dipping in the sauce would be great with this!" It's ready in 35 minutes.
Garlic Shrimp Linguine
"Absolutely loved this dish," said GATERJEN. "This is a perfect weeknight dinner — very quick and easy! The presentation was wonderful as well." It's ready in just 30 minutes.
Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta
A spicy, garlicky linguine Fra Diavolo with shrimp and scallops with loads of crushed garlic, olive oil, and chopped canned tomatoes. Adjust the crushed red pepper flakes to make it is as spicy as you like.
Blackened Shrimp Stroganoff
Shrimp are mixed with Cajun seasonings and combined with shallots, mushrooms, and toasted red peppers and served over fettuccini with a simple white sauce.
This creamy, spicy shrimp dish is delicious served over angel hair pasta. "Delicious and pretty as a picture," says naples34102. "Just a wonderful blend of color and fresh flavors. Light, just right creamy sauce — not thick or too rich." It's on the table in about 40 minutes.
Linguine Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes
This is the perfect recipe when tomatoes are juicy and ripe. And it's still delicious the rest of the year with canned tomatoes.
Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta
This simple summer dinner combines fresh tomatoes, spinach, herbs, and fresh mozzarella with shrimp and tender fettuccine. "Fantastic," says RAZORBACKLADY. "It's fresh-tasting, light, and a visually appealing dish." Amanda recommends that you "use the freshest ingredients possible to really bring out all the flavors." It's on the table in 30 minutes.
Shrimp, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Scampi with Angel Hair
"A variation on shrimp scampi and pasta that includes broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes," says J.W. Sloan. Dinner's ready in about 30 minutes.
Garlic Shrimp Scampi
Here's a classic shrimp scampi that's ready in about 25 minutes. A rich butter and white wine sauce is flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese. A splash of lemon juice adds a brightness that really wakes up the taste buds.
Shrimp Lo Mein with Broccoli
"I'll admit that I was looking for a dish to use up some random vegetables in the fridge and this one fit the bill! Jamie Justice Yost says. "This was great, and I can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch — if they make it that long."
Last-Minute Lemon Spaghetti and Shrimp
"This delicious pasta dish comes together in about 20 minutes. The taste is fresh and tart," says recipe creator KerryElizabeth, who emphasizes using fresh basil over dried and fresh-squeezed lemoned juice over bottled.
Garlic Shrimp Pasta Bake
"I would give this 10 stars if I could. Followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing. Loved the flavors." — Mosey
Creamy Pesto Shrimp
"This was absolutely wonderful! My family gobbled it all up, seconds and thirds for everyone. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who loves shrimp and wants something really easy to make." — LLEABROOKS
Shrimp Noodle Bowls
"These shrimp noodle bowls are best served cold," recipe creator Juliana Hale says of this 20-minute dish. "Make it ahead of time and tote it for lunch."
Creamy Shrimp Pasta Primavera
"I added different vegetables — zuchinni; yellow squash; and red, yellow, orange, and green peppers," Katherine Small says. "I added a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, used pre-cooked shrimp, and it came out very delicious!"