Creamy Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta Recipe: A 20-Minute Dinner Winner by 30Seconds Food

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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta Recipe: A 20-Minute Dinner Winner

We love 20-minute shrimp recipes! This easy shrimp and pasta recipe in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce may be our best one yet! It is one seafood dinner you will want to add to your weeknight or weekend recipe rotation.

To make this succulent shrimp recipe, you will need just a few simple ingredients. Here is your shopping list: linguine (or your favorite pasta), olive oil, butter, fresh shrimp, Old Bay Seasoning (or whatever seasoning you like on shrimp), garlic, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for serving.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces linguine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 pound shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning 
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • Instead of Old Bay Seasoning you could use smoked paprika, Cajun seasoning or your favorite seasoning blend.
  • You could use fettucine, spaghetti noodles, angel hair or your favorite pasta for this recipe. 
  • To save time, buy pre-cleaned shrimp. Do not use already cooked shrimp for this recipe.
  • You probably won't need all of the reserved pasta water. Add enough to make a smooth sauce.
  • Store the pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, stir in a little heavy cream or water to loosen it back up.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water then drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste, and the Old Bay. Add the shrimp to the hot oil and cook until cooked through. Remove to a plate. 
  3. Add the remaining butter and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the heavy cream and stir. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Slowly add a little of the reserved pasta water until it's a loose, creamy sauce (you won't need all the reserved pasta water). Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Add the pasta back to the pan along with the cooked shrimp. Toss to coat. Garnish with chopped parsley. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 766

Total Fat: 22.1g

Saturated Fat: 10.4g

Cholesterol: 201mg

Sodium: 566mg

Total Carbohydrate: 109.9g

Dietary Fiber: 4.8g

Total Sugars: 2.4g

Protein: 34.2g

Vitamin D: 7mcg

Calcium: 207mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 59mg

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Elisa Schmitz
So easy, so delicious, so quick. Winner winner seafood dinner!

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