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Creamy Lemon and Broccoli Pasta with Shrimp

This Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta with Shrimp is bright and flavorful. The best part is that it comes together in just 30 minutes! It's a quick, easy, and cozy meal - one the whole family will love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 438kcal



  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add your pasta and cook until very al dente, about 2-3 minutes less than package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, drain, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, pat shrimp dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Melt ½ tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook shrimp in a single layer until opaque, about 1-2 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add lemon zest and onion, sautéing for 2-3 minutes until onion starts to get translucent at edges. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add milk, ½ cup pasta water, and season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Then add broccoli, cooked pasta, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Turn the heat to high and stir constantly until pasta absorbs most of the liquid and broccoli is bright green and tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove lemon zest and season to taste.
  • Turn off the heat. Pour in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir and taste, adding more lemon juice as preferred. Serve immediately.


  • Lemon zest: Use a vegetable peeler to get 1-inch pieces of the zest. Do your best to avoid the white pith as that will leave a bitter flavor.
  • Whole fat milk can be substituted with half and half or heavy cream for a thicker sauce.
  • If using frozen broccoli in place of fresh, add it to the pan at the same time as the heavy cream. This will give the broccoli more time to thaw and remove any excess water.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 731IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 2mg