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Pasta in creamy sauce with shrimp and broccoli

Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

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4.9 from 11 reviews

This meal comes together in less than 30 minutes! It’s creamy and cheesy with the perfect texture and flavor from the broccoli and shrimp. Save this for your weekly dinner rotation!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets + 1 tablespoon water
  • Reserved pasta water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmegiano cheese, finely grated
  • 1 lb (454 g) of your favorite pasta variety
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: cili flakes for added heat as a garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and let boil until ready to cook pasta. 
  2. In a large sauté pan on medium heat add: 1 tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, and broccoli. Sauté about 2 minutes until broccoli is tender yet still a bit crunchy. Season with salt. Add water and cover with lid. Cook for 8 minutes until broccoli is soft, but not mushy. 
  3. Season shrimp with salt. Add remaining olive oil to pan heat to medium- high. Add shrimp and cook about 4 minutes- 2 minutes per side (depending on size of shrimp)- do not overcook shrimp. They will be slightly undercooked at this point. 
  4. Turn down heat to low-simmer. Add cream and cheese. Slowly stir and simmer shrimp in cream and cheese for an additional 1-2 minutes until firm and cooked. Turn off heat.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions- “al dente”. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before straining. 
  6. Drain pasta. Add to pan with shrimp and cream sauce. Add reserved pasta water. Stir until combined. Toss in broccoli and serve hot! Add a little cheese on top before serving.
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian