Herb and Lemon Sauce for Shrimp and Pasta

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

Very yummy and spicy. Lower the amount of oregano and basil to reduce spiciness, and use less red pepper flakes to lower the heat. To ease cooking and prevent burning or overcooking, have all the ingredients chopped and prepared in separate bowls for quick addition to the skillet. I serve this with steamed broccoli and garlic bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions only until just al dente; drain; set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large, heavy skillet (I love making this in my wok!). Add lemon zest, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil and oregano; saute over medium heat 2 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and saute until opaque, about 4 minutes. Note that shrimp should almost be fully cooked at this stage, but not completely, so don't overcook this step or shrimp will be tough.
  4. Add parsley, green onions, salt and pepper, and cook 1 minute longer.
  5. Stir in lemon juice and cook another minute, then add the cooked pasta and parmesan cheese; toss well and serve immediately.
  6. Serve with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.


Most Helpful

I only wish I could give this TEN stars....it was excellent...I served it over a different pasta and it was absolutely amazing. I wouldn't change a thing except to add a splash of white wine to it (which I did)...this one is truly a keeper...thanks Spankie!

bestbaker August 01, 2011

We had this dish last night for dinner and were very pleased with it. I only used 1/4 cup of butter, and I substituted a can of quartered artichoke hearts for the green onions. I also left out the salt and ground black pepper, thinking that we could season with those things at the table if we needed to (we didn't). We found that the red pepper flakes provided plenty of spice. I did use the full 2 tsp. each of basil and oregano. This recipe is a real keeper - pretty quick and really delicious!

JJMN March 14, 2011

I'm not personally a shrimp fan, but I made this dish for my fiance one night and he thought it was the best shrimp dish he had ever eaten!! I definitely agree that it was best to have all of the ingredients prepared ahead of time. He thought it was a tad spicy with the amount of red pepper flakes that it calls for, but he didn't mind it. I used farfalle pasta and it was absolutely delicious.

revotski September 10, 2009

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