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Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Garlic Shrimp Pasta is easy and comforting dish, full of depth, flavor and incredibly tasty.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 374kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic 2 garlic heads
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 5 dried chili peppers
  • 2 pounds medium-large shrimp peeled
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil optional
  • 1/2 lb. pasta spaghetti
  • 2 tbsps. salt


  • In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat add the oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir occasionally as the mixture comes barely to a simmer. Adjust the heat to the lowest setting to keep the mixture at that gentle simmer add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic achieves a pale golden color, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and simmer until most of the juice has been absorbed into the garlic, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili peppers and add the wine, taste the mixture and add a little more salt if needed. Keep the pan over very low heat.
  • Set a large nonstick heavy skillet over medium-high heat and spoon in 2 tablespoons of the oil mixture, but NO garlic. Add the shrimp to the skillet, sprinkle generously with salt plus pepper and stir gently and continuously until the shrimp are just cooked, 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic sauce to the shrimp and set aside.


  • In a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Once water is boiling, add the salt and pasta. Stir occasionally to keep pasta from sticking.
  • Place the lid on the pot to help bring the water back to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling again, remove the lid for the remaining cooking time to prevent the pasta from boiling over.
  • Follow the package directions for cook times. Perfectly cooked pasta has to be a little firm to the bite and not mushy so taste tests it.
  • Once your pasta is ready, turn off the heat and scoop out 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  • Drain the pasta into a colander in the sink. Do no rinse the pasta. You don’t want to drain the pasta all that well, it should still retain some pasta water.
  • If you are looking for a more liquid sauce or want the dish to have more sauce, add 1/2 a cup of the pasta water, or more, based on your preference to the garlic mixture.
  • Scoop the pasta onto a deep serving platter and top with the garlicky shrimp mixture.
  • Decorate with fresh basil and serve.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 3091mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 4.1mg