Easy Shrimp Aglio e Olio

Easy Shrimp Aglio e Olio is the simplest, most delicious pasta recipe you can make. The perfect dinner recipe for weeknight meals. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Creamy shrimp pasta, Easy pasta recipe, Shrimp Aglio Olio
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 367kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g / 1lb spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tsp chilli / red pepper flakes
  • 500 g (1lb) shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ cup parsley finely chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. 
  • Heat a large frying pan/skillet over medium-high heat then add the oil and garlic. 
  • Add the chilli flakes and toast until the garlic starts to turn golden.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until pale pink and opaque throughout. Season with salt and pepper and add lemon juice. Add a few tablespoons of the pasta's cooking water and remove from the heat. 
  • Once the pasta is cooked, carefully transfer the cooked spaghetti to the pan with the shrimp with a pair of tongs. Add a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water and toss to emulsify. 
  • Add the Parmesan and parsley and continue tossing until the pasta is well coated. At this point, you can add more water if you think the pasta needs a little extra sauciness. Taste and season to taste if necessary then serve with extra Parmesan. 


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 252mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 4mg