Creamy Lemon Basil Shrimp Noodles

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goat cheese shrimp pasta

All the best flavors of the summer are coming together to play out the season on a flavorful note.

One of my favorite recipes, this sweet and spicy shrimp pasta will have your tastebuds singing a tasty tune.

The goat cheese adds a creamy touch that helps to soothe the heat from this dish! Plus it pairs beautifully with lemon and shrimp.

Most of these ingredients I already had in my kitchen – I love figuring out new ways to use up excess ingredients, especially when the results are as delicious as this.

shrimp goat cheese pasta

Creamy Lemon Basil Shrimp Noodles

The Starving Chef
All the best flavors of the summer are coming together to play out the season on a flavorful note.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course, Summer
Cuisine Noodles, Pasta
Servings 4


  • 16 oz shrimp
  • 1 lemon juiced, reserve a few slices for garnish
  • ½ cup fresh basil cut into ribbons
  • 3 chiles or jalapenos finely chopped
  • ½ cup red onion sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese + more for topping
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 box shell pasta
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Roll the basil leaves into a bundle and cut into ribbons with scissors.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter and saute the red onion, chiles and garlic until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the moisture is beginning to evaporate. Add the peeled shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the shrimp is starting to turn pink. Pour in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and then stir in the goat cheese. When the cheese is melted completely, remove from the heat.
  • Toss in about half of the basil ribbons and reserve the rest for garnish. Serve the pasta in bowls and top with the remaining goat cheese crumbles, basil ribbons and a slice of lemon juice for spritzing over the warm pasta. Serve hot for a main course or chill to serve as pasta salad. Enjoy.
Keyword citrus, shrimp
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