Healthy Lemon Shrimp Pasta and Zoodles Recipe

By Rena Awada |

Cheesy and savory, lemon shrimp pasta with zoodles is a healthy recipe that is perfect for the entire family. Freshly ground parmesan cheese, spiralized zucchini, whole-wheat pasta, and fresh lemon juice are lightly combined and encompass this shrimp and pasta recipe.

lemon garlic shrimp pasta in pan with zoodles and lemon wedges

In the mood for pasta but want something a little healthier? This recipe for lemon shrimp garlic pasta recipe is made with freshly spiralized zoodles for an extra serving of fiber and nutrients.

Lemon garlic shrimp with pasta and zoodles comes together within 30 minutes and is a healthy Italian-style dinner that is perfect for those busy weeknights at home. Shrimp and pasta recipes are loaded with protein and tender prawn flavors!

Enjoy this simple and easy shrimp pasta recipe for dinner or lunch and serve it any day of the week. It is a perfectly healthy and guilt-free shrimp and pasta recipe that the whole family can enjoy. It is made with a handful of simple ingredients you most likely have and can be ready in just 30 minutes. This meal can be served low carb and keto-friendly by skipping the pasta and serving it with just the zoodles.

Why This Shrimp & Pasta Recipe is the Best

  • Flavorful and delicious: The flavors of parmesan, lemon juice, and parsley create a bright combination that is like no other. If you like bright savory pasta, then you will love this lemon garlic shrimp recipe.
  • Quick and easy: Cooking the pasta is the longest step of this easy recipe! After the pasta has cooked until al dente, the shrimp are quickly sautéed on the stovetop and tossed with all of the other fresh ingredients.
  • Healthy with protein: Shrimp is packed with protein and the addition of zucchini gives this pasta dish a wholesome nutritious spin.

top view shrimp pasta with zoodles in a pan

Ingredients you will need for this Healthy Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Spaghetti pasta: You will need whole-wheat spaghetti pasta to keep this pasta dish on the healthier side. Whole-wheat pasta is much healthier than regular pasta.
Olive oil:
Olive oil is fragrant, rich in flavor, and a great ingredient for this Italian-style recipe. We recommend using fresh high-quality oil if possible.
Garlic: Freshly minced garlic provides plenty of savory flavors for this lemon shrimp pasta recipe. Fresh garlic is best, but garlic powder will work in a pinch.
Shrimp: One pound of peeled and deveined shrimp are cooked until just done for the freshest most tender flavors. The shrimp absorbs all of the other savory fresh ingredients.
Zucchini zoodles: Fresh and spiralized zucchini creates fresh zoodles. Two large zucchini are what you will need.
Lemon: The zest and juice of two lemons provide this shrimp recipe with the most pungent bright flavors.
Parmesan cheese: Grated parmesan cheese gives this shrimp lemon pasta cheesy savory flavors anyone will love. We highly recommend freshly grated parmesan.
Parsley: Green leafy parsley is bright and fresh in flavor. The parsley ties everything together!

spaghetti, two zucchini, shrimp, parsley, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, two lemons, four garlic cloves on flat surface

How to Make Shrimp Pasta With Zoodles

First, cook the pasta in salt water according to the package’s instructions. Once the pasta is al dente, reserve one cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.

cooked spaghetti noodles being drained

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Next, add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

shrimp cooking in pan until pink

Stir the shrimp into the pan and cook for two to three minutes until opaque and pink.

Next, remove the pan from the heat and add the pasta along with the pasta water. Add the zoodles, lemon juice, zest, parmesan, and freshly chopped parsley.

Toss all of the ingredients lightly until combined. Serve and enjoy!

pan filled with lemon garlic shrimp pasta and zucchini noodles

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Instead of shrimp, try other types of seafood or even chicken. You do not have to use shrimp. Do use raw shrimp instead of pre-cooked shrimp.
  • You can find zoodles at most grocery stores near the produce section or make your own. It is really easy to make your own zoodles at home. Here is a step-by-step process on how to make zucchini noodles that you can check out.
  • Season lemon garlic pasta with zoodles with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Do not overcook the zoodles so it doesn’t come out soggy and watery.
  • Add some chili peppers if you prefer this to be a bit on the hot side.
one pan of lemon garlic shrimp pasta with zoodles and parmesan cheese

Frequently Asked Questions

What sides go well with shrimp?

Fresh veggies, salads, and soups go well with cooked shrimp and pasta. You can also serve it with some dinner rolls. Check out this Homemade Dinner Roll recipe.

Why should I cook shrimp with lemon juice?

The lemon juice gives the shrimp extra fresh savory flavors. Totally worth it! It is not mandatory to add lemon juice though if you do not have it. This is optional.

How do you not get soggy zoodles?

Be sure to pat the zoodles dry with a towel prior to cooking in a recipe. Do not add salt to the pan with the zoodles while cooking and be sure not to overheat the zoodles. Once you overcook the zoodles you will definitely end up with soggy zoodles.

Do zucchini noodles have to be cooked?

Nope! Zucchini noodles do not have to be cooked and can be enjoyed raw. But some may prefer to gently stir fry it so it is not as crunchy when served raw.

lemon garlic shrimp pasta and zoodles with lemons in pan

What to Serve With Lemon Garlic Shrimp

close view of lemon garlic shrimp pasta with parmesan cheese and lemon

Other Pasta Recipes You Will Love

Healthy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Italian Pasta Salad

Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe

Light and Healthy Chicken Alfredo With Zoodles

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Healthy Lemon Shrimp Pasta Recipe With Zoodles

Cheesy and savory, lemon shrimp pasta with zoodles is a healthy recipe that is perfect for the entire family. Freshly ground parmesan cheese, spiralized zucchini, whole-wheat pasta, and fresh lemon juice are lightly combined and encompass this shrimp and pasta recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced and divided
  • 1 pound shrimp medium-large; peeled; deveined
  • 2 zucchini large; spiralized
  • 2 lemons juice and zest
  • cup parmesan cheese ground
  • cup parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Once the pasta is done, reserve 1 cup of water, then drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until just pink and opaque.
  • Remove from heat and add the pasta together with the pasta water, zoodles, lemon juice and zest, parmesan, and parsley.
  • Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Instead of shrimp, try other types of seafood or even chicken. You do not have to use shrimp. Do use raw shrimp instead of pre-cooked shrimp.
  • You can find zoodles at most grocery stores near the produce section or make your own. It is really easy to make your own zoodles at home. Here is a step-by-step process on how to make zucchini noodles that you can check out.
  • Season lemon garlic pasta with zoodles with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Do not overcook the zoodles so it doesn’t come out soggy and watery.
  • Add some chili peppers if you prefer this to be a bit on the hot side.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 899IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Melissa Preciado says

    I love trying your recipes! Most have been hits. I’m wondering with this recipe, what is the purpose of adding 1 cup of the pasta water? I found that it was unnecessary and left a lot of water on the bottom of the bowl. Just curious why it’s added?

    Thank you!
    Melissa

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