Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine is wonderfully creamy, bursting with flavor and on your table in 20 minutes!
This delightfully indulgent Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine is the easiest, most satisfying meal that tastes totally gourmet! It is 110% crave worthy and Valentine’s Day worthy!
One of my favorite things to whip up when I’m lazy is pasta. It’s not only comfortingly cravilicious but it’s uber quick to prepare and requires hardly any effort. The exact same goes for shrimp – especially when you use shrimp that is already devined. Pair pasta and shrimp together and have a luxurious tasting meal that comes together at a moment’s notice – now that is my kind of dinner! Some of my favorite shrimp and pasta pairings (ALL under 30 minutes!) are my Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta, Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo, and One Pot Lemon Garlic Cream Ravioli with Shrimp and of course this new Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine!
This Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta definitely feels like we are cheating somehow, but I promise I won’t tell your Valentine how easy this dinner is! And a quick note, if you are still looking or Valentines Day inspiration from sides, to salads to desserts then you will find it on my Over 50 Valentine’s Day recipes post. Now back to this shrimp fettuccine – be warned, you are going to want to stock up on fettuccine and frozen shrimp because we are about to make one of the best tasting pastas of.your.life.
For this pasta and shrimp combo, I’ve gone with lemon garlic shrimp because shrimp looooves a garlic butter bath. It’s reminiscent of my most popular recipe of 2017 – my Sheet Pan Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp and Asparagus, but it is even more delicious (if you can even imagine!) because the shrimp and pasta get enveloped in decadently creamy sauce. gahhhh! so good!
How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
First, we start by melting butter with some olive oil then sauteing minced garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon zest for 30 seconds. Next, we add our shrimp and cook approximately 4 minutes then remove to a plate. The lemon garlic butter infused shrimp is so juicy and flavor exploding you’ll have to slap your own hand from eating it into oblivion!
You will want to take care not to overcook your shrimp so they don’t taste rubbery – shrimp cooks super quickly! Shrimp that is overcooked curls tightly so the tail touches the body of the shrimp in a tight C shape.
At this point, you can chop the tails off your shrimp or leave them on, depending on your preference. We wait until this point to remove the tails because not only is it easier but more importantly, tail shells contain flavor. When shrimp is cooked with the tails on, the flavor seeps out and we get more robust shrimp flavor, much like cooking meat on the bone.
Now for our luxuriously creamy Parmesan infused lemon, garlic sauce – I’m drooling already. First, we sauté some more garlic in butter then sprinkle in some flour and cook for one minute to get rid of the raw flour smell. We then whisk in our chicken broth, heavy cream and pesto and bring to a simmer until thickened. The pesto adds richness and dimensional flavor without overpowering the sauce.
Finally, we stir in additional lemon juice and Parmesan cheese until silky, followed by our shrimp and pasta. I just add one tablespoon lemon juice because we’ve already sautéed our shrimp with lemon zest but feel free to add as much (or even as little) lemon juice as your heart desires, just be sure to taste the pasta first.
How to Customize this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine
- add more or less garlic
- add more or less lemon juice or leave it out completely
- add bell peppers, tomatoes broccoli or other veggies
- add spinach
- substitute the shrimp for chicken, sausage or beef
- add more heavy cream – seriously so indulgently delicious
- add more Parmesan
No matter if you customize your pasta or leave it as written, this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine is guaranteed to taste every bit as decadently delicious as the finest restaurant. And it only took you 20 minutes. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
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