Shrimp, Tomato, and Spinach Pasta in garlic butter sauce – a delicious Italian pasta dish with lots of fresh ingredients!
This easy garlic Shrimp tomato pasta with spinach is a great way to use up a bunch of fresh tomatoes you might have sitting around in your kitchen.
In this recipe, the tomatoes are only slightly cooked, preserving their freshness and shape. Combined with garlic and butter sauce, spinach, and shrimp seasoned with paprika and crushed red pepper, this shrimp tomato pasta became a favorite in my household and disappeared from the skillet pretty fast as everybody went for seconds. And, it’s so easy to make!
First, saute fresh shrimp in garlic, butter, and olive oil, until just pink on both sides (the shrimp will still be undercooked but it will continue cooking later). Sprinkle the shrimp generously with salt and paprika, as you’re cooking it. The shrimp will smell and look so good, you will be tempted to eat half of it before even finishing up this recipe! 🙂 Don’t be like me and resist the temptation! I promise you will be reward with the best garlic shrimp tomato pasta you ever tasted! This is how delicious the shrimp looks when you cook it in butter, olive oil, garlic and paprika:
Then, add chopped fresh tomatoes and cooked spinach, together with more garlic and crushed red pepper to the skillet with shrimp. Mix everything well and remove from heat (while you cook the pasta). You don’t want to overcook the shrimp and tomatoes – they will continue cooking in the next step.
When fettuccine pasta is done cooking, rinse it with cold water and drain. Next, add cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with shrimp, spinach, and tomatoes, along with some lemon juice and more butter. Season with salt and red pepper flakes and heat up your shrimp tomato spinach pasta, constantly stirring, until the shrimp is cooked through and all ingredients are heated through:
Right before serving, top with grated Parmesan cheese:
Enjoy this Shrimp Tomato and Spinach Pasta!
Looking for a light, healthy, Mediterranean-style seafood pasta? Look no further. Try this Shrimp, Tomato, and Spinach Pasta in garlic butter sauce. Fettuccine pasta smothered in juices from fresh vegetables, garlic, and shrimp.
- 1 lb shrimp , fresh, uncooked, shelled and deveined
- 5 tomatoes , medium size, fresh, chopped into large cubes
- 1 cup spinach cooked
- 5 garlic cloves , minced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or more
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 10 oz fettuccine pasta
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated, for serving
- Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil until melted. Add fresh shrimp and half the minced garlic. Make sure shrimp is not crowded. Cook for 1 minute on one side until pink on that side. While it's cooking, generously sprinkle paprika and salt over uncooked side of the shrimp. Flip the shrimp over and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes until pink on the other side.
- To the skillet with shrimp, add chopped fresh tomatoes, cooked spinach, and remaining amount of minced garlic. Add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more). Mix everything well, remove from heat while you cook pasta.
- In the mean time cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to prevent pasta from cooking and getting mushy.
- Add pasta to the skillet with shrimp and vegetables with 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice (depending on the juiciness of your lemon, it could be 1/4 of small lemon or 1/2 lemon). Don't add too much lemon juice. Season with salt and more crushed red pepper. Warm it up on medium heat until shrimp is cooked through, and all ingredients are heated through.
- To serve, top with grated Parmesan cheese.