Lemon-Parmesan Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp


This Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp is tossed with fresh herbs and lemon juice and topped with shredded Parmesan cheese. This is an easy dinner recipe the whole family will love! 

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp in metal skillet

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

I’ve been blogging for quite some time now and I’ve never shared a shrimp recipe on here. I haven’t ever really cared for shrimp, but I know a lot of you like it so I figured it was due time.

This angel hair pasta recipe was so delicious that it has finally changed my opinion on shrimp! I think the key for me is that I can’t eat cold shrimp. It needs to be warm, and I really liked what a bit of citrus did for its flavor.

And of course, can you ever go wrong with Parmesan and fresh herbs? They paired perfectly with this lemon shrimp pasta and gave it a more Italian flair, as did the fair amount of garlic. This is a pasta dish, after all.

This is a hearty pasta dinner that is easy to throw together, yet it’s full of vibrant and delicious flavors. It’s definitely worthy of being added to your weeknight menu!

You can remove the tails before cooking if you’d like (which I will do next time, I just left them for picture purposes this time, they add more color). It seems easier that way than having to remove each one individually while eating the pasta.

And just be sure to top the lemon shrimp pasta with Parmesan rather than tossing it into the pasta. Trust me, I learned the hard way!

I tried tossing some in the with the angel hair, and it quickly just clumped together in little gummy balls so I had to sit there and pick it out. I thought that might happen but I still tried any way, it was one of those yes that was dumb moments. Oh well, all that matters is how amazing it tasted in the end!

lemon shrimp pasta garnished with lemon wedges in skillet

Lemon Shrimp Pasta Ingredients

For this angel hair pasta recipe, you’ll need:

  • Peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Angel hair pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Fresh basil and parsley
  • Shredded Parmesan

How to Make Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper, then cook in a skillet with olive oil, butter and garlic.
  • Toss pasta with shrimp and pasta water, then add fresh herbs, lemon juice and zest.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

Can I Make This with Frozen Shrimp?

Yes, just be sure to defrost the shrimp and pat dry before adding to the hot skillet!

Can I Add Veggies to This Dish?

Yes, I’m sure you could add chopped asparagus or broccoli to this angel hair pasta with shrimp. You’ll likely need to cook the veggies first in a separate skillet and then toss them with the pasta and shrimp at the very end.

close up of Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp in skillet

Tips for the Best Lemon Shrimp Pasta

  • If you don’t have angel hair pasta, another long, thin pasta will work in this recipe (like spaghetti).
  • If you don’t like shrimp, you could make this recipe with chicken instead.
  • Fresh herbs are a must here! Dried herbs won’t give you the same flavor or texture.

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Lemon-Parmesan Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

5 from 8 votes

A super easy to make shrimp and pasta recipe! It's flavored with parmesan, lemon, garlic and herbs for a delicious combo that will leave you craving more.

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/4 lbs peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 12 oz dry angel hair pasta
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package (keep in mind it will only take about 4 minutes so I recommend adding the pasta to water when you begin cooking the shrimp), reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive and butter over medium-high heat. Add shrimp (you can remove tails first if desired), season with salt and pepper and saute 2 minutes, then add garlic and saute until shrimp has cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.
  3. Toss drained pasta in with shrimp along with 1/3 cup reserved pasta water, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add more water 1 Tbsp at a time as needed. Toss in 2 Tbsp of each parsley and basil, then sprinkle top with parmesan cheese and remaining 1 Tbsp of each parsley and basil. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • Fresh herbs are a must here! Dried herbs won't give you the same flavor or texture.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Shrimp Pasta
Author: Jaclyn


  • Greg: This was a huge hit at our house. Thanks for sharing! January 23, 2019 at 9:04pm Reply

  • Joanne: My original recipe calls for asparagus sliced on the diagonal and about 1-2 inches long. I throw the asparagus in with the water while heating and then throw in pasta. When I’m trying to be very healthy I toss in kale or some spinach too, pushing those healthy greens. I also add a well rounded tbs. of capers, yummy. This is the best easy dish. Love it!! November 17, 2018 at 7:13pm Reply

  • Lesli: Perfect. September 4, 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

  • Sharon Stradel: There are lemons in the picture but none in the recipe. August 23, 2018 at 10:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Those are just added for decoration. August 24, 2018 at 9:41pm Reply

  • Jonty: This recipe sound sounds nice, I was wondering make crispy noodles with Angel hair noodles or are they to thin?

    P.S. Not tried your recipe yet. August 3, 2018 at 1:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I’m a little confused at the question, are you wondering if they come out crispy? August 3, 2018 at 3:49pm Reply

  • LuAnn Carroll: I was searching for a good shrimp and pasta dish and came across your’s. I went to hour website, the recipes all sound delicious. Can wait to try them all. Thanks for posting your recipes. Had to sign up for your news letter don’t want to miss a good recipe. February 28, 2018 at 8:46pm Reply

  • Pat: I make it with yellow squash, zucchini, tomato wedges and broccoli florets. To create the sauce, before adding anything, in a wok or deep frying pan. add butter, EVOO, red pepper flakes and garlic. Then add the remaining ingredients, except the shrimp and tomatoes. Cook until veggies are not mushy, then add shrimp and tomatoes. Cook until shrimp are done. Serve over angel hair pasta and top with Parmesan cheese!!! Delicious. Everybody always that I make it for them. February 17, 2018 at 9:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great tips! Thanks for leaving a comment Pat! February 21, 2018 at 10:40am Reply

  • doralee charron: I loved this recipe! great idea to save extra water to add at the end! I also added mini sweet peppers for color and veggies, next time I plan to add asparagus too. Everyone loved it! Daughter thought it was “dry” because she always prefers a sauce, as some do, but she still liked it and ate 2 helpings! haha January 17, 2018 at 10:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Win! January 23, 2018 at 1:50pm Reply

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