Pappardelle With Shrimp and Asparagus


This simple pasta recipe featuring fresh asparagus and succulent shrimp is just as good as your favorite Italian restaurant meal. Lemon zest, garlic, and red pepper flakes give the dish a bright and flavorful finish.

Pappardelle With Shrimp and Asparagus
Toss noodles with butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and reserved cooking water to create an instant sauce. Get the recipe for Pappardelle With Shrimp and Asparagus. Photo: Johnny Miller
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 serves


  • ¾ pound pappardelle or fettuccine

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp (raw)

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 2 small shallots, sliced

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 large bunch asparagus (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¾ cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Cook until browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add the shallots and red pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until the shallots are crisp-tender, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  4. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

  5. Add the pasta, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and ½ cup of the reserved cooking water to the shrimp and asparagus and toss to coat. (Add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.)

  6. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

433 Calories
13g Fat
54g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 433
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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