Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like pasta? No, the answer is simply NO. Let’s admit it, we all love pasta. The Italians knew a thing or two… because in my house, pasta is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser. A quick pasta is my signature go-to when I don’t know what to make for dinner. The ingredients are simple, not too pricey, and I typically already have them on hand. With this meal being cooked in only 2 pots, that also means a small cleanup. What more could you ask for?!


This pasta is fancy enough to serve your company on a Friday night, but easy enough to whip up for a quick weeknight dinner. This dinner is sure to please everyone at the table. The thick linguini noodle and salty shrimp pair perfectly with the velvety white wine sauce. With just a hint of lemon, the acidity balances out all the creamy salty goodness.


prep time: 10 minutes     total time: 40 minutes


  • 1 lb small white shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails in tact
  • 1 lb. package linguini pasta
  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 shallot, diced small
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced small
  • 1.5 cups white wine
  • 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 sticks butter, cold
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated


Cook pasta to al dente, according to directions in a large pot of salted water. Drain but do not rinse.

Season shrimp with kosher salt and pepper. In a separate large pot add olive  and shrimp on medium high heat. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes per side until opaque. Remove shrimp from pot. Do not rinse remaining oil. Immediately add in shallot and garlic. Cook while stirring for 45 seconds till you can smell the aroma, while scraping any bits from the bottom of the pot. Add in white wine and reduce to 2 tbs, stirring every minute. (should take about 8-10 minutes to reduce) once reduced add in red pepper flakes, cold butter and cream. Bring to a boil and add in Parmesan cheese. Stir in parmesan cheese and turn off heat. Add in cooked pasta and shrimp and stir to combine. Serve with chopped parsley and parmesan.

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