Super-Fast Herbed Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta

~ This fabulous Shrimp Pasta recipe is so easy, yet tastes really gourmet! Bursting with Mediterranean herbs and feta, it’s crazy-delicious … impressive enough for dinner parties (truly swoon-worthy!), but also quick enough for super-busy weeknights! It’s our spin on a local fave! ~ 

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less  

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To me, seafood has always meant good times … something a little extra-special.

When my brother and I were little, it was the thrill of going to Red Lobster for a fun birthday dinner (I can’t be the only one with this memory?!?) … and maybe even conning my parents into letting us both order that behemoth “Admiral’s Feast” platter of fried-anything-and-everythng-that-comes-from-the-sea.

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And as I grew up, there’ve been so many memorable seafood meals shared with family during our happily raucous beach vacations …

… and the day my husband and I sat on a gorgeous second-floor terrace overlooking New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and learned the “proper” way to eat crawfish (ummmmm … we’ll skip the details, for the uninitiated 😀 ) …

… and even date nights (without kids!) at a sushi bar near our house (in case the babysitter needed us back quick-quick).

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Seafood is just special.

But that doesn’t mean it has to be reserved only for special occasions! You can make any ol’ weeknight feel special with this incredibly fast, easy Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta! I’ve loved this shrimp dinner for years (in one form or another), and I’m so excited to share my spin on it with you today!

You might remember me telling you how I had a little part-time job when my kiddos were in preschool, just to regain an ounce or two of sanity by having grown-up conversations with people over three feet tall. I worked at a now-shuttered local business called Clever Chef Works, where we offered gourmet grab-n-go meals for busy families.

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One of my all-time favorite Clever Chef dishes was an Asian Meatloaf, which I recreated in healthier THK-style for our Hoisin-Glazed Mini Meatloaf “Muffins” Over Asian Noodles and Vegetables.

But another of my hands-down faves was a Mediterranean shrimp pasta recipe. It reminded me a little of a Cooking Light recipe for Baked Shrimp with Feta Cheese that I’d made for my family several times before. But the Clever Chef version was even more gloriously saucy and satisfying. And I definitely wasn’t the only one who craved that shrimp pasta … our customers clamored for more, and it became one of the most regularly featured recipes on Clever Chef’s ever-changing monthly menus. We brought it back, time and again, because it was such a runaway smash hit!

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After all these years since Clever Chef closed, this is my recreation of that fave recipe. It’s wonderfully garlicky and herby and bursting with Mediterranean flavors. It’s indulgent yet fabulously healthful, impressive enough to serve at a dinner party (your guests will swoon, I promise!), yet truly easy enough for a weeknight supper.

So you seriously don’t need to wait for the next birthday bonanza at Red Lobster (ahem … this shrimp recipe is better anyway!) … and you don’t even need to book a beach vacay or a Bourbon Street crawfish fest!

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For a super-fast weeknight presentation, just serve this shrimp pasta as a skillet meal! Toss the cooked pasta, feta and fresh basil with the deliciously savory sauce, and it’ll be on the table in a flash!

Nope! With this Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta, you can start making happy seafood memories tonight! And in just minutes, right in your very own kitchen!

Amazing seafood any day … in just minutes? No doubt … that’s about as special as it gets!

THK By Shelley

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Super-Fast Herbed Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta

Preparation 10 min. 2017-07-22T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 11-12 min. 2017-07-22T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 10 cups     adjust servings


  • 12-16 ounces whole wheat linguine or fettuccine (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (from about 1/2 a medium onion)
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce with Italian herbs
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled, reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, briefly heat oil.
  3. Add onions and cook until just beginning to soften, about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add shrimp and garlic, and continue cooking until shrimp are just beginning to turn opaque, about 2 minutes. Do not cook the shrimp all the way through at this point, or they'll be tough and overcooked by the end.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, oregano, dried basil, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper to the shrimp mixture. (Because this recipe comes together so quickly, it helps if you have already measured out all of these ingredients prior to adding them to the pan.) Continue cooking until the sauce mixture is heated through and the shrimp are done, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes more.
  6. To serve, top cooked pasta with sauce and sprinkle with feta and fresh basil. Alternately, you can serve this directly from the skillet by tossing the pasta, feta, and fresh basil with the sauce in the skillet.


Recipe Notes

Linguine and Fettuccine: Different brands of whole wheat pasta seem to be sold in widely varying amounts – typically ranging anywhere from 12 ounces per box to 16 ounces. We've tested this recipe with a range of pasta amounts, and recommend that you simply use whatever amount your favorite brand offers. Why use only a partial box of pasta? That's silly. Obviously, with 12 ounces of pasta, you'll have proportionately a bit more shrimp and sauce, and at 16 ounces of pasta, your final dish will be a bit more focused on the noodles. This recipe is delicious regardless.

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This recipe is inspired by other shrimp pasta recipes I’ve loved before … specifically the beloved Mediterranean Pasta with Shrimp and Feta Cheese sold at the former Clever Chef Works, and the Baked Shrimp with Feta Cheese that Cooking Light published in June of 2000.

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  5. I still think shrimp dinners are “special” because I don’t make it often enough. Fish in general like tilapia, cod, salmon are part of our everyday dinners more often now so their “only on special occasion status” has changed. Luv how you made me analyze that! Really like all those flavorful herbs you’ve used in this garlicky pasta. Pinning because I know I need to make! 🙂

    • What a nice comment, Cristina! I couldn’t agree more! As we all try to eat more healthfully and weave more fish recipes into our diets, salmon and tilapia and such are so much more common. But shrimp and scallops and the like still have that “special” feel, don’t they?!? I guess that’s kinda fabulous, though – because even though this shrimp recipe is so quick and easy, it still retains that “special” status! You really stated that so perfectly! 😀 And hey – thanks a million for the pin! I’m really excited for you to try this recipe! ~Shelley

    • Julianne, you are so right about that! Your family will be delighted with such a special meal in the middle of the week, and you’ll be BEYOND delighted with how quick and easy it is! Who knew fancy-schmancy could be weeknight-easy?!?!? Hurray! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Annie, you’re so sweet! This recipe is seriously, wonderfully delicious! Yup – totally perfect for a Monday night … or ANY night! Shrimp pasta is pretty much just deeeee-lish no matter when you serve it! Perfect for busy Mondays … or dinner party Saturdays! Game on! 😀 So glad you popped by! ~ Shelley

    • Hi Fabiola! It really is a super-quick lifesaver of a recipe on busy nights, when you still want to pull something special together for family or friends! And mmmmmm … so, so good! Can’t wait for you to try it! 😀 ~Shelley

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    • Oh, Abbe! You seriously need to make this shrimp pasta SOON! It’s such a fave combination of flavors … so fresh and bright and special, yet somehow so comforting, too! Mmmmmmmm … such a hit! (Psssst … I even eat leftovers cold, right out of the fridge, almost like a shrimp pasta salad. Have you tried that yet????) Hey – so glad you stopped by! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi, Cindy! It really is a beautiful dish – absolutely pretty enough to be a showstopper at your next dinner party! But shhhhhh … nobody will have to know that it’s such a ridiculously quick and easy recipe! You’ll look like the hostess with the mostess, without even breaking a sweat! Gotta love that, right!?!?! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks, Peter! Gretchen and I are ALL about simple yet flavorful recipes! Everyone is so busy these days, that we all really need quick, easy recipes … but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor along the way! This shrimp recipe has everything going for it – it’s quick and simple, bursting with great flavor, and so healthy too! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Oh, girlfriend, if you’ve never made a shrimp pasta recipe before, then this is the perfect place to start! It’s so fast, and so deliciously rewarding when you’re done! Can’t wait for you to try it! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Lol, Kristi! Yes, I definitely DO know how much you love your shrimpies!! This is seriously your kinda shrimp recipe, too! So easy and bursting with great flavors – you’ll love it! Thanks for the pin, too, girlfriend! 😀 ~Shelley

  7. I couldn’t help leaving you a comment, you asked so nice =) I think this meal looks absolutely delicious and so much better than the jello and stale popcorn that I ended up eating for dinner because my kids are sick (and cranky!) I’m going to make this to celebrate when they are well!! Until then, maybe Olaf can give you a nice warm hug for me. (see, my brain is literally frozen after being up all night with 2 sick kids, time to get off the computer, yay yay yay)

    • Awwwww … Laura, you’re hilarious … and it’s so sweet of you to take a sec to leave us a comment (golly … I guess it really does pay to ask nicely, lol! 😀 ), especially when you have your hands full taking care of sick kiddos! I can’t wait for you to try this shrimp recipe! I promise … it’ll for sure be way yummier than jell-o and stale popcorn! Until then, stay sane … and I really hope your kids get better quickly (and without passing any of their germies on to you!). ~Shelley

    • What a really, really sweet comment! Especially coming from the two of you, with how incredibly, gorgeously lip-smacking your own recipes always are! You’ve really got to try this – it looks so upscale and gourmet but is absolutely easy enough for you guys to just throw together on a busy evening. And, ahem … you may need to plan on eating TWO whole plates! 😀 ~Shelley

  8. I agree completely, that seafood makes meals feel so much more special. Especially shrimp! I LOVE this easy and quick recipe! Great for a weeknight dinner and perfect for entertaining, when you’d rather have fun with everyone instead of being stuck in the kitchen all night!

    • Caroline, you and I sound like exactly the same type of hostesses! As much as I want to wow my guests and make them feel special because I’ve taken the time to prepare a wonderful meal for them … well, I sure don’t want to be tethered to the kitchen, missing out on all the fun! Seems like maybe you’d better hop on a plane and get out here so we can throw a big ol’ party, my friend! Or … on second thought … maybe we’ll just keep this pasta all for ourselves! 😀 ~Shelley

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