Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Made with whole wheat linguine, plump shrimp, and fresh lemon juice, this lemon shrimp pasta recipe is bursting with brightness and flavor.

Forkful of lemon shrimp pasta with arugula.

This fast and easy Lemon Shrimp Pasta has everything going for it. Not only does the entire meal take less than 15 minutes to cook, it is made of mostly pantry and freezer staples like whole wheat pasta and frozen shrimp. And if that wasn’t already convenient enough, it also only requires one pan! You know what else is a bonus? You get a balanced meal! Whole grains, protein, fats, and vegetables all in one dish. While you could use spinach, I love using arugula as the zesty, bold flavors are the perfect compliment to the bright, lemony sauce. You won’t find a better at home seafood recipe!

Ingredients

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  • Linguine: Thin, flat noodles that coat in thinner sauces well. You could also use fettucine or spaghetti.
  • Olive oil: A heart healthy oil that helps cook the shrimp evenly and contributes to the sauce.
  • Shrimp: Mild fishy flavor with a pleasant chewy texture and lean source of protein.
  • Garlic: Aromatic and pungent, it sweetens up as they cook.
  • Lemon: Bright, fresh, citrus flavor from the juice and zest in the sauce.
  • Arugula: Zesty and almost spicy in flavor, it pairs well with the fresh lemon flavor in the sauce. You could also use spinach or kale.
  • Parmesan cheese: Nutty, salty, hard cheese that adds great flavor to the sauce.

How to Make Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

Adding olive oil to pan

Start your lemon shrimp pasta with arugula by cooking pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, reserve some of the pasta water and then drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking, heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Sauteing shrimp

Season shrimp with sea salt and black pepper and cook on each side for a couple minutes until shrimp turns pink.

Adding lemon zest to shrimp

Add the garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the pan and cook until garlic is aromatic.

Adding shrimp to pan

Add the spinach or arugula and sauté until greens start to wilt, only a couple minutes.

Adding pasta to pan

Add the cooked and drained pasta to the pan along with your shredded parmesan cheese and the reserved pasta water. Stir and toss until everything is evenly coated in the sauce. If you like a kick of heat, add some red pepper flakes as well!

Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

Season with some additional salt and pepper to taste, garnish with some chopped parsley, serve and enjoy your Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula!

Frequently Asked Questions

What pasta shape is best for seafood?

I love to use linguine, and believe it’s a pretty popular choice because the flatter noodles coat easily in the oils and flavors of seafood.

How do you stop pasta going dry?

Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. Keeping it kept closed up will prevent air from coming in and drying it out.

What makes a scampi a scampi?

Despite shrimp scampi being a common name for a dish here in the US, scampi is the Italian name for a large crustacean in Europe.

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The best way to ease into making seafood at home, my Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula is the perfect balanced meal to make for dinner this week.

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Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

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Made with whole wheat linguine, plump shrimp, and fresh lemon juice, this lemon shrimp pasta recipe is bursting with brightness and flavor.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces whole wheat linguine (cooked according to package instructions)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp (raw, peeled and deveined)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 5 ounces Baby Spinach and or Arugula
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • chili flakes (optional garnish)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare pasta according to package instructions, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking liquid.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides and add to pan in a single layer. Cook until shrimp is pink, about 3 minutes total, turning once.
  • Add garlic to the shrimp and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds, being careful not to burn. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and spinach/arugula blend. Sauté until greens start to wilt, about 2 minutes. 
  • Stir cooked pasta, parmesan cheese and reserved cooking liquid into the pan and toss to coat. Season with chili flakes and additional salt and pepper to taste before serving hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 48.5gProtein: 34.4gFat: 12.8gSaturated Fat: 1.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 868mgFiber: 8.4gSugar: 1.6g

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8 responses to “Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula”

  1. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    How did I not know you could buy a mixture of spinach and arugula??? Besides using it to make this amazing pasta, it’s a perfect mixture for salads!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Exactly!!! I prefer it to just one or the other!

  2. Erin @ Texanerin Baking Avatar
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Love that you made it whole wheat!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      SO good and easy!

  3. Gina @Running to the Kitchen Avatar
    Gina @Running to the Kitchen

    This is the perfect summer pasta dish!

  4. Kim Beaulieu Avatar
    Kim Beaulieu

    This looks so yummy. I love arugula, it’s my favourite green. This is such a great recipe.

  5. alyssa | Avatar
    alyssa |

    This sounds like it would also be fantastic chilled!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust Avatar
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    This sounds SO good! I am absolutely in LOVE with arugula right now so it’s perfect.

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