Creamy Lemon-Basil Shrimp Pasta

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Quick and easy, creamy lemon-shrimp spaghetti with a great basil taste.


  • ¾ (16 ounce) package spaghetti
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season shrimp with salt and pepper; add to the pan and cook 30 seconds per side. Remove to a plate.

Add shallots to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth, lemon zest, and 1/2 of the lemon juice; heat for 2 minutes. Reserve remaining lemon juice for another use.

Add cream and bring to a simmer. Return shrimp to the skillet and cook until heated through and pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Add basil.

Drain spaghetti, reserving 1/4 to 1/2 cup pasta water.

Add spaghetti to the skillet. Add pasta water as needed and pepper flakes; toss to coat. Season with pepper if desired.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Servings: 6 – Yield: 6 servings



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