Angel Hair Pasta With Shrimp

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Recipe: #25264

November 24, 2016

"This is out of a American Test Kitchen says your can use linguine, fettuccine, or spaghetti."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (296.5 g)
  • Calories 428.5
  • Total Fat - 16.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 142.8 mg
  • Sodium - 654.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 51.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.7 g
  • Sugars - 2.7 g
  • Protein - 21.3 g
  • Calcium - 93.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 28.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook shrimp until lightly browned and just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to bowl.

Step 2

Heat remaining oil in now-empty skillet until shimmering. Cook zucchini until browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl with shrimp and cover with foil to keep warm.

Step 3

Add 1 teaspoon salt and pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add shrimp, zucchini, lemon juice, and parsley to pot and toss to combine adding reserved pasta water as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose large shrimp with the shells and veins removed for the most convenient preparation.
  • Look for fresh parsley with bright green leaves for the best flavor.

  • Instead of shrimp, use chicken - This substitution is great for people who prefer chicken over seafood, or for those who are looking for a more budget-friendly option.
  • Instead of angel hair pasta, use penne - Penne is a great option for this recipe as it has ridges that are perfect for capturing the sauce and other ingredients. This substitution also adds a bit of texture to the dish.

Garlic Lemon Chicken Replace the shrimp with 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes. Increase the amount of garlic to 6 cloves and add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet along with the olive oil. Add 1/4 cup of white wine to the skillet with the zucchini and garlic and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Increase the amount of lemon juice to 3 tablespoons. Omit the red pepper flakes.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli - This roasted broccoli dish is the perfect side to the Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp. Roasting the broccoli in garlic, parmesan, and olive oil will bring out its naturally sweet flavor and crunchy texture. It adds a great contrast to the pasta and shrimp and is a nutritious addition to the meal.

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes: Roasted potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to the Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp. This garlic and herb roasted potatoes dish is easy to make and adds a delicious flavor to the meal. The potatoes are roasted with garlic, herbs, and olive oil, creating a crispy, flavorful side dish that complements the pasta and shrimp perfectly.


Q: Can I use other types of pasta for this recipe? A: Yes, you can use linguine, fettuccine, or spaghetti in place of angel hair pasta.

Q: Can I use other types of cheese for this recipe? A: Yes, you can use other types of cheese in place of the parmesan cheese, such as mozzarella, cheddar, or gouda.

6 Reviews


This was terrific! I was sure I had some kind of long pasta, but I didn't. I subbed radiatore pasta instead. Supplemented my only garlic clove with a bunch of garlic powder. DH and I both loved it!!!


review by:
(13 Nov 2023)


Delicious! So simple with great flavors, a breeze to put together for a weeknight and appropriate for Lent. I did up the garlic and seeing I had to squeeze a lemon anyway, opted for grating the lemon peel instead of throwing it - added that "lemony" that I love so much. Thanks, Teresa, for sharing. Made it for For Your Consideration tag game. .


review by:
(8 Apr 2022)


Deeeliciouso! Hit the nail on the head with this one. We loved everything in it!


review by:
(14 Apr 2021)


One of our new 5 Star Favs! We love it with the shrimp, but chicken or pork would work well too. Saving!


review by:
(19 Sep 2020)


I scaled this back for one serve and used a dozen medium Queensland banana prawns but in this case my eyes were bigger than my belly and I could only get through 7 of them so the other 5 were enjoyed this morning in an omelet otherwise made as per recipe and thoroughly enjoyed, thank you TeresaS made for Pick Me tag game.


review by:
(13 Dec 2016)


Very good dinner that is fast and easy! Very straight forward, just the type of recipes I like on stressful days. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(27 Nov 2016)

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Fun facts:

Angel hair pasta is a traditional Italian pasta that is often used in Italian-American cuisine. It is commonly referred to as "capelli d'angelo" which translates to "angel hair".

This dish has been featured in many celebrity chef cookbooks, including the famous American Test Kitchen cookbook. It is a popular dish among many professional chefs and has been served in some of the most renowned restaurants in the world.