Speedy Sauteed Shrimp & Pasta



Speedy Shrimp Pasta

Everyone is busy on weeknights, right?  We all need a few go to recipes to get dinner on the table quickly, and that the whole family will enjoy.  For me chicken and shrimp are two proteins that 9 times out of 10 everyone will eat.  It amazes me how quickly my 7 year old will eat shrimp, he can’t get enough!  Shrimp has next to no calories, and is really good for you.  So I know I am serving my family something that is good for them.

Speedy Shrimp Pasta

This pasta comes together very quickly.  I made it in probably 20 minutes one night.  My husband and I went to donate blood at 4:00 on a weeknight.  We were debating about stopping for dinner on the way home, given it was almost 5:30 by the time we got out of there.  But we are trying to eat a little healthier, so we decided to just go home.  I put the water on to boil, and by the time the pasta was cooked, we were ready to eat!

Speedy Shrimp Pasta

You can adjust the heat level for your family, but adding more crushed red pepper.  My 7 year old doesn’t like any heat, so I went super mild.  If it was just me and my husband, I would have doubled the red pepper.  I also use a whole grain pasta with added fiber, so I feel better about us eating pasta more often.

Yields 4

Plump, juicy shrimp tossed with a quick and easy pasta.

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 12 oz thin spaghetti
  • 3 Tbls olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbls fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
  2. In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions, and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and saute until the onions are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp, and cook until the shrimp are pink, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Mix in sun-dried tomatoes and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Toss together with cooked pasta.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Drizzle with additional olive oil if desired.
  9. Store any leftovers in an air tight container for up to 3 days


Adapted from The Weekend Gourmet





  1. mmm i love a quick and easy dinner. I often turn to making shrimp pasta as well!

  2. Yum – sounds awesome! I would make it mild too, because I am a baby when it comes to heat :)

  3. What a healthy and easy recipe, Love this Erin!

  4. I am always looking toward shrimp when I need a quick, healthy dinner. I’ll be adding this to my recipe box of quick dinners!

    PS glad to hear you donated blood! I’ve always wanted to but every time I tried my iron level was too low :(

    xo Jackie

  5. 20 minutes you say? Sold! looks delicious and I need more easy weeknight meals!

  6. Great weeknight meal, Erin!

  7. mmm delicious!!!!!

  8. yum– looks like a great, easy dinner!

  9. I only buy shrimp from time to time since it’s usually more expensive than chicken or pork, but every time I do, I’m reminded how awesome it is. Easy and low-cal, what more could you want??

  10. Good for you guys for heading home to make dinner. Healthier and I’m sure saved some money too. Great simple pasta!

  11. Go-to dinner? Yes mam this is one for the recipe drawer. I love it.

  12. My kids both love shrimp too. My daughter is getting picky with other meats… but shrimp makes the cut so far. This looks great and perfect for a busy night. :)

  13. I love shrimp at dinner time. It makes it seem special when really there is a ton of easy dishes to make and it takes no time at all to cook. Great dish!

  14. You’re way better than me! I had a crazy day and we ordered pizza. We’re supposed to be eating healthier too but…….. You’re a good example for me! This sounds wonderful, fresh and simple too!

  15. That’s my kind of weeknight meal!

  16. I love how quick and simple this is! I wish my 4-year-old ate shrimp, I would cook with it WAY more often, we love it!

  17. Another lovely shrimp dish and love how quick it is too, definitely a keeper.

  18. “speedy” – ha! I love it Erin. I need quick recipes for dinnertime. I get home so late from work and all I want to do is get food in my belly. This recipe is made for me. :) PS: I’m obsessed with shrimp pasta!

  19. Ohhh…I am so missing my pasta :{ Soon again, soon again :) Shrimp and pasta are a classic pairing – like chocolate and peanut butter!

  20. Oh yum… this looks amazing and simple too!

  21. What a terrific week night dish – simple and tasty! Great pairing!

  22. Thank you for sharing! I’ve linked to it from my site in case others are looking for a great meal planning idea. Thanks again!


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