Quick Easy Shrimp Primavera Pasta Recipe

Quick Easy Shrimp Primavera Pasta Recipe

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Total: 35 mins

Servings: 4 servings

You’ve found one of the tastiest, easiest and healthiest pasta dishes around in this quick easy shrimp primavera pasta recipe. Primavera is the Italian word for spring, and this simple weeknight dish is loaded with fresh spring vegetables, sweet shrimp, and enough pasta to make it a satisfying meal.

The recipe here is pretty much the classic version but there is no limit to the variations you can make by using different vegetables, a new pasta shape, or a unique fresh herb.


  • 14 ounces penne pasta

  • 10 ounces broccoli florets

  • 6 ounces haricots verts, trimmed

  • 1 cup small peas, frozen

  • 2 ounces butter, unsalted

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 6 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 3/4 cup Parmesan, grated

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

  • Red pepper flakes, for serving

  • Lemon zest, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package instructions. For the final 5 minutes of cooking, place a steamer over boiling water and gently steam broccoli, haricot verts, and peas until they are bright green and just-tender, about 4 minutes. (If you do not have a steamer, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the broccoli, beans, and peas and cook for 4 minutes.) Drain and set aside in a pan covered with a kitchen towel. 

  3. Heat butter in a large frying pan, add garlic, and gently fry for one minute, taking care not to burn. Add shrimp and cook for 4 minutes turning frequently. Once pink and cooked through, spoon shrimp into a bowl to reserve and cover with a kitchen towel. 

  4. Once cooked, drain pasta, reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water. Transfer pasta to frying pan, add broccoli, haricot verts, peas, and reserved pasta water. Return pan to medium heat and gently stir to reheat pasta and vegetables. Add cherry tomatoes, shrimp, and parmesan and stir pasta. Finally, tear basil into small pieces and stir. 

  5. Serve pasta immediately in four warmed pasta bowls and sprinkle with lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Serve at once.

Make This Pasta Dish Your Own

The variations on this dish are limited only by your imagination. Peas, beans, and broccoli are used here but you substitute or add to them with other spring favorites like asparagus, fresh broad beans, soybeans, chard, or baby spinach. Use this recipe as a blueprint and improvise with the fresh vegetables you have on hand.

Love or hate basil, why not try parsley, thyme, dill, or baby arugula leaves. Penne is substantial shape, but tagliatelle and spaghetti would work nicely as would brown rice or quinoa versions of these pasta shapes.

Vegetarians and Vegan

Want a vegetarian version? Simply remove the shrimp and add extra vegetables. Are you vegan? Goodbye shrimp and parmesan use a pasta made without egg. The flavor of the Parmesan makes this dish special, so replace it with an equally sharp and flavorful vegan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 478
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 778mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 68mg 339%
Calcium 282mg 22%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 729mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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