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Overhead close-up view of lemon pepper pasta with shrimp topped with lemon zest, chopped parsley, and lemon wedges.

Lemon Pepper Pasta {with Shrimp}

Perfect weeknight dinner alert! This Lemon Pepper Pasta is packed with flavor and is SO easy to make. I like to toss the creamy fettuccine with shrimp, but you can substitute for chicken or salmon or make it without any protein at all. You can also add a vegetable in and customize it for your family's tastes.
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Pasta Dishes, Lemon Recipes, Shrimp Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Author: Sues


  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined (I use medium, but you can use the size of your choice)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ½ tsp coarse black pepper, divided
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest, plus more for garnish (from about 1 large lemon)
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley, plus more for granish


  • Add linguine to a large pot of salted boiling water and let cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain well, reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • While pasta is cooking, add 2 Tbsp butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp to pan in a single layer (you can cook it in two batches if necessary) and sprinkle with ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. When shrimp start turning pink (about 2 minutes), flip and cook for another minute or so on the other side, until opaque. Remove shrimp to a plate or bowl and set aside.
  • Add remaining 2 Tbsp butter to skillet and once melted, add garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until it's just turning golden
  • Add heavy cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and black pepper to skillet and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until sauce is thickened.
  • Remove from heat and add pasta to skillet. Toss to coat in sauce. Add ½ cup of reserved pasta water and continue to toss (add up to an additional ½ cup of pasta water if needed for consistency). Add shrimp and parsley to skillet and toss to combine.
  • Serve pasta in bowls or on plates with additional lemon zest, black pepper, and parsley.

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