Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

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Enjoy a special, elegant dinner with this easy Shrimp with Noodles and Garlic Cream Sauce. It comes together quickly and costs less than a restaurant meal for one.

table set with shrimp pasta

Dinners out at a restaurant can be fun and delicious, but they can also be pricey. In fact, the cost of eating out is rising faster than the cost of groceries. 

One of the hallmarks of Good Cheap Eats is to learn how to stretch your dollar and still enjoy fantastic meals. Making your own restaurant favorites at home is a great way to do this!

If Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce is one of your favorites, then you’re in luck. This make-at-home dish is easy and quick to pull together. Best yet, you can feed four to six people for the price of a meal for one out on the town!

Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

This pasta dish of tender angel hair noodles and garlic cream sauce is studded with succulent shrimp and sweet, sun-dried tomatoes. Topped with a shower of parmesan cheese, it’s an elegant and decadent dinner, easy enough for every day, but special enough for holidays and celebrations.

close view of shrimp and pasta in skillet

What kind of cream is used for pasta?

Cream is an almost instant-sauce for pasta. Heavy cream is the best to use for pasta, though sometimes you can get away with simmering half and half or evaporated milk if you’re looking for a little less richness.

How long does shrimp take to cook?

Shrimp is a very quick cooking protein. Add it to the hot skillet and watch it turn from translucent silver to opaque pink in about five minutes. 

You’ll need to cook a little longer if you’re starting out with frozen or very cold shrimp.

How do you make shrimp pasta with garlic cream sauce?

Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce comes together in minutes!

  1. Lay out all your ingredients. Start the pasta cooking in a large pot of salted, boiling water. Angel hair cooks in about five minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a skillet. Add the sliced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the cream and sun-dried tomatoes. Add half the parmesan. Simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp turns pink.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss until the sauce is well distributed in the noodles.
  6. Sprinkle additional parmesan atop as well as the parsley. Serve immediately.

step by step photos of shrimp pasta in garlic cream sauce

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this cilantro pasta recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on shrimp, I snatch them up and plan my meals around them. Or fill the freezer so that I have it when I want it.
  • Compare prices. Keeping a price book can help you know a good deal when you see it as well as help you see patterns of which stores are best for you to shop at.

Cost breakdown for Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

  • cream $0.50
  • Parmesan cheese $1.00
  • shrimp $6.00
  • linguini $0.75
  • sundried tomatoes $0.50
  • other ingredients $0.25

Total cost $9 for 6 servings = $1.50/serving

How I make this recipe easy:

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plate of shrimp pasta with glass and bottle of wine

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Shrimp with Noodles and Garlic Cream Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Enjoy a restaurant quality meal in just minutes. Enjoy shrimp in a luscious cream sauce over linguini tonight.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream sauce, creamy pasta, shrimp, shrimp pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 532 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta (can also use linguini or spaghetti)
  • 1 cup finely shredded romano OR parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound shrimp rinsed, peeled, and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley OR 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil and butter until the butter is melted. Add the garlic and saute until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and sundried tomatoes. Allow to simmer gently for tomatoes to soften.

  3. Meanwhile cook the linguini in the hot, boilling water, according to package directions.

  4. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese to the cream mixture. Stir until it's melted. Add the shrimp to the skillet and stir gently until shrimp is pink and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  5. Drain the pasta and toss with the shrimp and cream sauce. Sprinkle with the parsley and remaining cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on 1/6 the recipe.

Store leftovers promptly in a covered container in the fridge, for up to 1 day. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp with Noodles and Garlic Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 532 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 240mg80%
Sodium 820mg36%
Potassium 315mg9%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 434IU9%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 319mg32%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Cathie says

    I just made this tonight and made a few substitutions…I didn’t have sun dried tomatoes, so I used a can of diced Italia tomatoes (drained), didn’t have as much shrimp as I thought either, so I used some frozen talapia fillets I had around. My fam loved it! Which is fantastic b/c I love to cook them fish but hate it myself, so finding great recipes is key! Thanks so much!

    • Lauren says

      What kind of cream did u use? Email me back pls!

      • Jessica says

        It’s labeled different throughout the country…. heavy whipping cream is what I usually have. Light cream would work also.

  2. Ryan says

    Where are they getting shrimp for $4/lb????

    • This post was written in 2009. Current pricing is higher since there’s a shrimp shortage at the moment. Friends in the food industry assure me it will bounce back.

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