Shrimp and Spinach Pasta with Leeks


Shrimp and spinach pasta with leeks is a quick and easy supper that is finished in 20 minutes flat. Sautéed leeks and shrimp combined with a touch of cream, lemon zest, and a handful of spinach serve as the sauce, which offers a mild, fresh flavor. Feel free to use whatever sort of pasta you have on hand. We like tubular gemelli, but fusilli or even medium shells work well, too.

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves


  • ¾ pound gemelli, fusilli, or other short pasta

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 leeks (white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise then crosswise

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp (raw)

  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • 10 ounces baby spinach (about 12 cups)


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks have softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add the shrimp and lemon zest and cook, tossing frequently, until the shrimp is opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes more.

  4. Add the cream and ½ teaspoon salt to the pasta in the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp mixture and the spinach and toss to combine.

    Quick Dinner Ideas: Shrimp, Leek, and Spinach Pasta
    Christopher Baker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

691 Calories
26g Fat
80g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 691
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 249mg 83%
Sodium 791mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 9mg 50%

*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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