Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Recipe

This basic white sauce recipe is the base of this easy pasta dish!

This shrimp pasta recipe is quick and easy! Adding lemon juice and zest to the usual pasta white sauce gives it a burst of freshness and extra zing. Try pairing this pasta sauce with bacon or pork meatballs, too.


Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Melanie Jimenez
This basic white sauce recipe is the base of this easy pasta dish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic chopped
  • 300 Grams Shrimp large, peeled and deveined, with tails left on
  • 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed, washed, and sliced diagonally into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 Cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 250 Grams linguine noodles cooked according to package directions
  • Salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • lemon zest from 2 lemons, soaked in ice-cold water
  • lemon to serve


  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Sauté garlic until soft. Add shrimps and asparagus. Cook until shrimps become opaque, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add cream, lemon juice, and pasta. Add about ½ cup reserved pasta water if mixture is too dry. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain lemon zest and add to pasta; stir well. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
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