Simply Delicious Shrimp and Basil Pasta

July 21st, 2015

I started growing some herbs on the porch in my home. The basil plant has done particularly well this summer. I have been finding new ways to incorporate fresh herbs in the dishes I make. I love shrimp and mix it into pasta, rice, and quinoa all the time. Here is a tasty shrimp and basil pasta dish, perfect for a summer night.

Shrimp and basil pasta

Shrimp and Basil Pasta

Calories for 2 cups: 280


  • 8oz (about 3 cups) bowtie pasta (whole-wheat taste great too!)
  • 1 diced tomato (or 1/2 c sun dried tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or more to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese


Cook pasta in boiling water. Strain water when pasta is soft and tender, set aside.

In a skillet add tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and cayenne pepper on medium heat. Add raw shrimp and cook until they all turn pink (about 5 minutes).

Combined shrimp mixture and pasta in a large serving bowl. Add fresh basil and Parmesan cheese on top of pasta and mix in. Add black pepper to taste.

Serve warm and enjoy!


Let me know what your favorite summer meal is in the comments below!




Written by Suzie Bonder

Suzie Bonder MS RD is a Registered Dietitian in the state of New Jersey and the founder of SDO Nutrition. Suzie specializes in nutrition and weight loss counseling. Follow Suzie on twitter @SDOnutrition.

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