Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta

This shrimp pasta recipe is quick and easy! Adding lemon juice and zest to the usual pasta white sauce gives it a burst of freshness and extra zing. Try pairing this pasta sauce with bacon or pork meatballs, too.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Ready In: 35 mins

Yield: 4

Cuisine: Asian


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 300 grams shrimp, large, peeled and deveined, with tails left on
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, washed, and sliced diagonally into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 250 grams linguine, cooked according to package directions
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • lemon zest, from 2 lemons, soaked in ice-cold water
  • lemon wedges, to serve


Heat oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Sauté garlic until soft. Add shrimps and asparagus. Cook until shrimps become opaque, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add cream, lemon juice, and pasta. Add about ½ cup reserved pasta water if mixture is too dry. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Drain lemon zest and add to pasta; stir well. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.


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