A Simple Dinner for Busy Days

This simple shrimp pasta recipe is perfect for busy evenings when I don’t have a lot of time to make dinner, but still want to enjoy a home-cooked meal. It’s easy to prepare, with ingredients I generally have on hand. Served with a salad, I can easily have a full dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. The colorful and savory ingredients make it a delicious dish any time of the year.

This pasta dish works great for leftovers. If you don’t mind eating the same thing the next day or so, you’ll be happy to be able to turn this into another meal. Just heat the pasta and top with parmesan cheese, and it’ll be as delicious as the day you made it.

shrimp and spinach pasta recipe

Simple & Delicious Shrimp and Spinach Pasta

Lucy @ Lucy Knows Things
This lemony shrimp and spinach pasta recipe us perfect for a quick and and simple meal. Serve it with a salad, for a full meal. It's perfect for the end of a busy day!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 lbs frozen cooked shrimp any size, peeled and deveined
  • 16 oz linguini pasta uncooked
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 bag fresh spinach 6 oz.
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Parmessan cheese for topping finely grated


  • Defrost shrimp under cold water. Pat dry. Place shrimp in a bowl and toss with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook the pasta in salted water, according to package instructions. Reserve 1-2 cups of pasta water before draining.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and butter to melt.
  • Add onion and lemon juice, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add spinach and 1 cup of pasta water. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and lemon zest. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add drained pasta and stir. Add as much of the reserved pasta water as needed to keep pasta from being too dry.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Top with parmessan cheese and serve.


Regarding the yield:
This recipe will yield 6-8 servings. Adjust the yield based on the size of each serving you make.
Keyword lemon, pasta, shrimp, simple, spinach

If you like this recipe, try my Simple & Delicious Spinach & Garbanzo Pasta.