Garlic Herb Pasta with Easy Roasted Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 lb large shrimp (peeled, deveined, tails removed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Pasta:

  • 12 oz spaghetti (or your favorite pasta shape)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional, for a touch of heat)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Shrimp:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • In a bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.

Roast the Shrimp:

  • Place the shrimp in the preheated oven and roast for 8-10 minutes, or until pink and cooked through.

Make the Garlic Herb Sauce:

  • While the pasta cooks and the shrimp roast, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Stir in the chopped parsley, basil (if using), and crushed red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce.

Finish and Serve:

  • Gently stir in the cooked shrimp, Parmesan cheese, and a splash or two of the reserved pasta water to create a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs if desired.

Tips:

  • Adjust the herbs: Use your favorite herb combinations—try oregano, thyme, or rosemary.
  • Use fresh garlic: Fresh garlic brings the best flavor, but feel free to substitute with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Spice it up: Add more crushed red pepper flakes if you like a spicier dish.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp: Shrimp cook quickly, and become tough if overcooked.
  • Make it creamy: Stir in a splash of heavy cream at the end if you want a richer sauce.

Enjoy your delicious and restaurant-quality Garlic Herb Pasta with Easy Roasted Shrimp!

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