The Starving Chef Recipe: Creamy Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta with Goat Cheese

Shrimp Goat Cheese Pasta
Savor a little more summer.

By Felicia Vargo, The Starving Chef

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 taste buds singing a tasty tune.

For step-by-step instructions with photos, click here.

Creamy Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta with Goat Cheese

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4-6 servings


1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lemon, juiced (reserve a few slices for garnish)
½ C fresh basil, cut into ribbons
2-3 chiles, seeded and finely chopped
½ red onion, sliced thin
1 T garlic, minced
14.5 oz. diced tomatoes
¼ C crumbled goat cheese, plus more for topping
2-3 T butter
1 box shells pasta
Salt & pepper, to taste

Here’s How

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box. Reserve one cup pasta water. Roll the basil leaves into a bundle and cut into ribbons with scissors.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and sauté the red onion, chiles and garlic until fragrant, about two to three minutes.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for three to five minutes, until the moisture is beginning to evaporate. Add the peeled shrimp and cook for one to two minutes, until the shrimp is starting to turn pink. Pour in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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