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Garlic Shrimp Pasta

A simple garlic shrimp pasta recipe for those nights when you need an easy dinner recipe, fast!
Course Dinner
Cuisine seafood
Keyword easy recipe, pantry pasta, Shrimp, spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb medium shrimp deveined and tails removed
  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
  • 6-8 garlic cloves according to personal taste, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt or more, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms sliced, optional


  • Boil pasta in water till tender (8-10 minutes). Before draining pasta, set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water for use with the shrimp later.
  • While pasta is boiling, wash and pat dry the shrimp.
  • In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add shrimp and garlic (and mushrooms if desired).
  • Drizzle with olive oil and cook the shrimp 7-10 minutes until the shrimp is pink.
  • Add cooked pasta to the skillet. Add seasonings. Add just enough saved pasta water until it is not dry but not swimming in liquid either. Depending on amount of pasta this requires 1/2 the cup. Start with adding 1/4 of it then work up from there.
  • Keep tossing all ingredients around in skillet till all is incorporated and hot. Enjoy!