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Lemon Spaghetti with Shrimp


Lemon Spaghetti with Shrimp



Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For The Shrimp:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For The Pasta:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons capers (fried briefly in a little olive oil)


  1. For the shrimp: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the shrimp with the salt and pepper, then add to the pan in a single layer and cook until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Set aside.
  2. For the pasta: Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving the pasta water.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, Parmesan, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. Toss the drained pasta with the lemon sauce, the shrimp and some of the reserved pasta water, add 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Add the salt, pepper and basil and toss. Garnish with the fried capers.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
59 grams
27 grams
32 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
103 milligrams
467 milligrams
3 grams
3 grams
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4 reviews & comments

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    Greg Levitt

    Great dish to serve family style. You can grill the shrimp too if you serving a crowd to get them all done at the same time. Adjust the cheese, lemon zest/juice and pepper to your personal taste or throw in some red pepper flakes for a little kick. This is the most requested dish in my house and a big hit when entertaining as well. We substitute gluten free spaghetti and it is still great.

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    Nancy Hansford

    I have made a similar recipe and it was really delicious!

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    Kristen Paul

    Fantastic recipe! Simple and easy and so delicious! I love the flavor that the capers and basil add to the lemon spaghetti.

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    Cannot wait to add shrimp to this delicious lemon spaghetti recipeüòç Thank you!

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