Cacio e pepe shrimp pasta is an easy date night dinner idea! Or honestly perfect for any night of the week. It feels fancy, but really it’s so simple! Full of flavor and lots of deliciousness. Loaded with all the best things: pasta, shrimp, butter, olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and parsley. It’s quick to make and not too many ingredients! Enjoy with a glass of wine or your favorite drink and someone you love!
What you need to make cacio e pepe shrimp pasta + substitutions:
- Shrimp- You could easily make this recipe without shrimp if you’d like, but we just love the addition of shrimp. We typically buy peeled and deveined shrimp so it’s quicker to handle, but you can totally do it yourself too.
- Spaghetti- Any pasta shape will do here. Linguine is another great option, but use whatever you love. Our favorite pasta hands down is from Wildgrain. It’s a monthly subscription box and it’s filled with different breads, pastries, and pastas each month. They make everything the old-fashioned way with fermentation and simple ingredients. You can totally tell a difference in how delicious everything is! You can use the code DADDIOSKITCHEN for $10 off first order & free sourdough rolls in every box for life!!
- Shallot- In our reel on my Instagram page, we didn’t use shallot only because we didn’t have any. However, shallot is HIGHLY suggested!
- Garlic- Garlic just goes with pasta. Always.
- Olive oil- The holy grail of oils for any Italian dish!
- Butter- Who doesn’t love butter?! It makes everything better.
- Parmesan- The best. A must for this cacio e pepe shrimp pasta.
- Parsley- Adds a nice color and flavor! Herbs can upgrade a dish so much!
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Cacio E Pepe Shrimp Pasta
- 1 lb fresh shrimp peeled & deveined
- 8 oz spaghetti linguine or pasta of choice
- 1 shallot diced
- 4-5 garlic cloves chopped
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- ⅓ cup pasta water
- ¼-⅓ cup parmesan
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- sea salt & pepper to taste
- red pepper flakes to taste
- Pat dry shrimp with paper towels to get off most of the moisture. Then season generously with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, boil water and sea salt in a medium pot for the pasta. Add in pasta when it's ready and cook until al dente.
- Heat a large pan, then add in olive oil and chopped garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Add in the shrimp and cook on each side for about 3-5 minutes until shrimp is cooked through. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add in butter to the pan and saute shallot for about 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the shrimp back in and pour in the drained pasta on top. Pour in about ⅓-½ cup pasta water. Sprinkle parmesan directly onto the pasta because it'll stick better!
- Season with sea salt and pepper. Mix everything together well! Then sprinkle with chopped parsley!
- Enjoy at the table with a glass of wine and bring over the fresh parmesan for sprinkling on top if desired!