Easy Lemon Shrimp Pasta


This lemon-shrimp pasta recipe is quick, lemony, and a very merry, light dish!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 6 ounces penne pasta

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup red bell pepper strips

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

  • ½ pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste (Optional)


  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. Drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add red pepper strips and garlic; cook until peppers are tender and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shrimp and lemon juice; stir constantly until shrimp turn bright pink on the outside and the meat is opaque, 4 to 6 minutes.

  3. Add cooked pasta and lemon zest and toss lightly to coat. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
8g Fat
34g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 52mg 261%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 256mg 5%

* 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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