Easy Garlic-Shrimp Pasta


A quick and easy shrimp and garlic pasta recipe that always impresses my guests!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil, or to taste, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 3 tablespoons capers

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed

  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1 lemon, quartered


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, making sure not to burn, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes; add tomatoes and capers. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until shrimp are completely pink, about 3 minutes more.

  3. Drain the penne and return it to the empty pot; toss with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Keep warm.

  4. Pour 1 inch of water into a pot and add a steamer basket. Bring water to a boil and add asparagus. Cover the pot and steam until al dente, about 3 minutes.

  5. Scoop 1/4 of the spaghetti onto a plate. Add 1/4 of the asparagus and 1/4 of the shrimp mixture, making sure to include the butter sauce as well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with a lemon wedge. Repeat with remaining spaghetti, asparagus, shrimp, Parmesan, and lemon wedges for each serving.

Cook's Note:

Adding 1/2 cup white wine to the butter sauce and/or1 to 2 handfuls of wilted spinach are nice additions, too.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

952 Calories
50g Fat
92g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 952
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 26g 129%
Cholesterol 273mg 91%
Sodium 598mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 92g 33%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 38mg 189%
Calcium 230mg 18%
Iron 9mg 50%
Potassium 755mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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