Shrimp Tomato Spinach Pasta in Garlic Butter Sauce - a delicious Italian pasta dish with lots of fresh ingredients!
I absolutely love combining shrimp, pasta, and tomatoes. My long-time favorite is spicy shrimp pasta with garlic tomato sauce. Seafood, vegetables, and pasta are definitely a winning combination!
Why make shrimp tomato pasta
- This recipe is a great way to use up a bunch of fresh tomatoes you might have sitting around in your kitchen!
- It's a healthy, Mediterranean style recipe. This shrimp pasta is packed with healthy ingredients. I am talking about fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes and spinach.
- It's a vibrant and colorful recipe that makes a beautiful presentation!
- You can easily make this pasta gluten free by using gluten free noodles.
What makes this recipe work?
- In this recipe, the tomatoes are only slightly cooked. This preserves their freshness and shape.
- The shrimp has rich flavor thanks to paprika and crushed red pepper.
- The garlic butter sauce is refreshing and comforting. It's made with fresh tomatoes, fresh spinach, minced garlic, olive oil, and butter.
This recipe became a favorite in my household. It disappeared quickly from the skillet as everybody went for seconds. And, it's so easy to make!
When you cook the shrimp and garlic in olive oil, the shrimp will smell and look so good! You will be tempted to eat half of it before finishing up this recipe! 🙂
Resist the temptation! I promise you will be rewarded with the best garlic shrimp tomato pasta you'll ever taste!
And, if you want something more creamy, I recommend my very popular shrimp pasta with creamy mozzarella sauce. If you like mushrooms, you'll love creamy shrimp pasta with mushrooms.
How to make shrimp tomato spinach pasta
1) 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.
2) Sprinkle the shrimp generously with salt and paprika, as you're cooking it.
3) Then, add chopped fresh tomatoes and cooked spinach along with garlic and crushed red pepper to the skillet with shrimp.
4) Mix everything well. 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.
5) Cook fettuccine pasta in boiling water, according to package instructions. Drain.
6) Next, add cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with shrimp, spinach, and tomatoes, along with some lemon juice and more butter.
7) Heat up your shrimp tomato spinach pasta, and season with salt and red pepper flakes. Stir constantly until the shrimp is cooked through, and all ingredients are heated through.
8) Top with grated Parmesan cheese, when serving.
Enjoy this Shrimp Tomato and Spinach Pasta!
Shrimp Tomato Spinach Pasta in Garlic Butter Sauce
- 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
- ¼ lemon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper or more
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 10 oz fettuccine pasta
- ½ 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 the shrimp is not crowded. Cook for 1 minute on one side until pink on that side.
- While the shrimp is 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 the remaining amount of minced garlic. Add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more). Mix everything well, remove from heat while you cook pasta.
- In the meantime cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to prevent pasta from cooking and getting mushy.
- Add cooked 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 ¼ of a small lemon or ½ lemon. Don't add too much lemon juice.
- Season with salt and more crushed red pepper. Warm up on medium heat until the shrimp is cooked through, and all ingredients are heated through.
- To serve, top with grated Parmesan cheese.
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Can you add some white wine to this recipe
Carolyn, yes, you can add a small amount of white wine - I would add it in step 5 together with tomatoes and spinach.
This was delicious. I cooked the shrimps and removed after the 3 minutes. I was afraid the shrimps would be too cooked. I then cooked the tomatoes. I added everything and it turned out great.
Sylvie, great feedback, thank you! Glad you loved the recipe and glad you stopped by and shared such a positive comment! 🙂
This was delicious. I made it as is.
Sylvie, So glad the recipe turned out well!
Can i used diced tomatoes?
Yes, you can!
Delicious recipe.My husbands loves this , says it's better than any restaurant. Thank you so much , bursting with fresh flavor. I've made it with zoodles ,a little healthier and delicious. I add fresh mushrooms as well .
Gayle, I am so flattered by your comment. This is a great recipe to make with zoodles!
I made this for my client, she LOVED it so much!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe it was absolutely DELICIOUS!
Nikkie, thank you for such an enthusiastic comment and 5-star review! 🙂
Absolutely wonderful recipe with such a great taste, my husband loved it too! I will definitely be serving this again. Thank you!
Sandra, I am glad you liked this recipe and glad you stopped by and left this wonderful and positive comment! 🙂
One of my favorites, delicious
Happy to hear that! 🙂
Great dish, but fresh basil will put it over the top!
Yes, fresh basil would be a nice addition!
Loved this recipe! I only changed one thing, I added 8oz of sliced baby bella mushrooms. I loved the simplicity and freshness of it and how I could taste every single ingredient's flavor in the dish.
Forgot to mention my husband said it was so "pretty" an called it "gourmet"!
Love this! ❤️❤️
Yolanda, thank you for your wonderful feedback! I love the addition of mushrooms. 🙂
I've made this recipe a few times and it's a keeper for me. However, I do not recommend cooking the spinach before adding it to the pan.
Carol, glad you enjoyed this recipe! You're right - you don't have to use cooked spinach - can add fresh spinach directly to the pan and let it wilt!