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Lemon Pasta with Shrimp and Parmesan

Easy lemon pasta with juicy shrimp and a creamy Parmesan sauce. You can make this restaurant level dish at home and be the star of the kitchen!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author foodnessgracious


  • 12 ounces dried spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled but tails left on if preferred.
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnishing.
  • fresh chopped basil


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and begin to cook the pasta as per the directions on the box.
  • While the pasta cooks, add the cream to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium low heat.
  • Add the lemon zest, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.
  • Once the cream begins to bubble add the Parmesan and mix until smooth.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Using a set of tongs, grab some of the pasta from the pot and add it to the cream sauce.
  • Mix well making sure the pasta is well coated in sauce. Add more pasta if you think there is enough sauce to coat it.
  • Transfer the pasta with shrimp to a plate and garnish with some extra Parmesan and chopped basil.
  • Serve at once.