This Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta recipe is a light and flavorful dish perfect for spring and summer dinners. Combining succulent shrimp, tender asparagus, and pasta in a lemony, garlicky sauce, it’s a simple yet elegant meal that’s quick to prepare.


  • 12 ounces pasta (fettuccine, spaghetti, or linguine)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)


  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Blanch the Asparagus: In the same pot of boiling water, blanch the asparagus pieces for 2-3 minutes, until bright green and tender-crisp. Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
  3. Cook the Shrimp: In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then add to the skillet in a single layer. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until pink and opaque. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and set aside.
  4. Make the Sauce: In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the minced garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant but not browned. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice, stirring to combine. If using, sprinkle in red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Combine Pasta with Vegetables and Shrimp: Return the cooked pasta to the skillet with the lemon-garlic sauce. Add the blanched asparagus and cooked shrimp. Toss everything together, adding a bit of the reserved pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce and coat the pasta evenly.
  6. Final Touches: Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  7. Serve: Divide the pasta among plates or bowls. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and a bit of fresh parsley or lemon zest for garnish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 550
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Protein: 35g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta is a delightful dish that’s both easy to make and packed with fresh flavors. Perfect for a weeknight meal or a special occasion, it’s sure to become a favorite. Enjoy the wonderful combination of tender shrimp, crisp asparagus, and pasta in a light and zesty sauce!

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