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Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

This shrimp linguine with lemon butter cream sauce incorporates the vibrant flavors of summer and comes together in just 15 minutes.

15-Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

Summer is the season for simple dishes that highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. It’s also the season for meals that require very little effort and come together quickly. There’s nothing worse than having to turn on your oven when it’s roasting outside.

15-Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

I tend to reach for seafood in the summer. It’s fresh, healthy, and easy to prepare. Shrimp is one of my go-to ingredients in the summer. You can pretty much add it to anything and it will taste amazing.

We’re big on lemon butter sauce in my house. My husband requests mahi mahi drizzled with lemon butter (more like swimming in lemon butter) at least once a week. While I love lemon butter sauce, eating the same dish again and again gets old, fast!

15-Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

Good lemon butter sauce must include the following items: lemon (obviously), real butter (no margarine–absolutely none!), garlic, basil, and chili pepper flakes. Five simple ingredients is all it takes to produce one delicious, and versatile, sauce.

I adore fresh herbs, but I’m known to let them die before I ever get use them for their intended purpose. They end up wilting and withering to a black pulp before I remember they exist.

There’s no need to worry about herbs dying an expensive death with Gourmet Garden‘s new line of Lightly Dried Herbs. All five varieties is the closest thing to fresh in flavor, aroma, and appearance. Once opened, they’ll last up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

I’d like to think Gourmet Garden had me in mind when they developed their new lightly dried line of herbs.

15-Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

I used their Lightly Dried Basil and Chili Pepper in this recipe. The chili pepper flakes add a subtle spice to the sauce, while the basil gives a fresh burst of summer flavor.

15-Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

The best part about this dish is that it comes together in 15 minutes, from start to finish. This dish has all the flavor of a dish that took hours to cook, minus the labor. Now you’ll have more time to enjoy the weather.

Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

Fresh flavors of lemon and basil mingle with butter and shrimp for a hearty pasta dish that comes together in just 15 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 15 minutes

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 8 ounces linguine pasta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and tail removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes, such as Gourmet Garden
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons basil, such as Gourmet Garden
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, reserving a 1/3 cup of the pasta liquid.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, chili pepper flakes, and shrimp to the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for five minutes, or until the shrimp is pink.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, heavy cream, and reserved pasta liquid. Allow the mixture to simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauté pan; stir to combine. Cook for an additional minute to allow the pasta to soak up the sauce. Stir in Parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the pasta to sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Want more pasta? Try these recipes:

Pasta Primavera Salad – Hungry Couple
Sesame Shrimp Peanut Noodles – Chocolate Moosey
American Chop Suey – A Family Feast
Veggie-Filled Tortellini Skillet – Cookie Monster Cooking

Disclosure: This recipe was developed for the lovely folks at Gourmet Garden. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my recipes and site while I work with brands I adore.

12 Responses to “Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce”

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — June 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I love easy pasta dishes and the lightly dried herbs go perfectly. I’ve been using them non-stop!


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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — June 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I’m a huge fan of lemon butter sauce, shrimp, and easy meals so I’d say you have a winner here!! I haven’t tried the lightly dried chili flakes yet, but I looooove the basil!


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    Kate @ Diethood — June 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Summer and shrimp! It’s the only RIGHT way!! ;-) 
    Everything in this dish is spot on! Lovin’ all the garlic and butter and basil and chili flakes… now I’m SO hungry! haha


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    Rosina Morrone-Reeves — June 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I am anxious to try this delicious looking recipe. My husband loves anything made with shrimp and I love pasta, it is the Italian born in me! Your recipe calls for linguini but from the photograph it appears you used Buccatini. The Buccatini would soak up the lovely butter sauce nicely!


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    Carla — June 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    It’s an understatement to say how much I love shrimp. In fact, I have 3 new shrimp recipes on my blog calendar for June alone. Like you said, who wants to turn the oven on in summer when you can easily have meals like this in 15 minutes?


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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Love how quick this is! I’m such a fan of linguine and that lemony sauce sounds heavenly :)


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    Toni | BoulderLocavore — June 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Jennie this pasta looks so creamy and light!  The sauce really is luscious.  I have been making more shrimp recipes lately and this one will undoubtedly land on the list too!


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    Gina | Running to the Kitchen — June 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Gourmet Garden is just the best. I’m obsessed with their lemongrass, garlic and ginger paste tube things, I need to get on this dried spice wagon now too! Loving how easy and quick this pasta is!


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    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — June 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Gourmet Garden!! The basil and the garlic are ones I have on hand ALWAYS!


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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Oh, lemon butter. You make my summer dinner dreams come true. And what’s funny is that I made my Dad a birthday dinner yesterday – grilled scallops with lemon butter – with Gourmet Garden garlic and chili flakes! Completely coincidental / completely awesome. I just love a good seafood pasta, and  your photos of this one are absolutely gorgeous, Jennie!


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    Susan — June 16, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Lemon, butter, shrimp, pasta.  It’s the perfect meal.  Plus those herbs are meant for me too.  I’ve been using them like crazy, I love just opening it up and sprinkling away!  


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    Alison — January 15, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    This was looking and smelling scrumptious until I added the cream and it curdled! Confession: I used half and half because I already had some in the fridge. Did that cause the curdling!?


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