Lemon Shrimp Pasta Sauce


Indulge in the irresistible flavors of Vincenzo’s latest culinary masterpiece – a unique pasta dish that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you yearning for more. This exquisite recipe combines succulent shrimp, tangy lemon, and crispy pistachios, perfectly mixed with tagliatelle pasta and a secret ingredient of fennel leaves.

With every mouthful of this delectable dish, you’ll experience a burst of bold and vibrant flavors that will truly satisfy your cravings. Developed by Vincenzo, this signature pasta is a testament to his culinary artistry and passion for food.

With a recipe like this, it’s no wonder Vincenzo believes it should be famous all over Italy. Try it and you’ll no doubt understand why.

Watch the Lemon Shrimp Pasta Sauce video recipe:

I Invented a Pasta Sauce that Should Be Served All Over Italy | Culinary Masterpiece


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Vincenzo’s Plate Tips

Cook The Pasta Last

In some of our recipes, we recommend cooking the pasta first but in this case, could dry out from sitting out too long. Instead, cook the pasta last so you can place it straight in the sauce when you’re finished, keeping it nice and moist.

Don’t Overcook The Shrimp

Shrimp is a delicious and tender protein option, but it can be easy to overcook! Your shrimp will only need to be cooked over medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes on each side. Avoid cooking it for too long or using too much heat since this can make your shrimp feel like rubber and be very chewy.

Follow The Pasta Instructions

Whether you bought your pasta directly from Italy or from your neighbourhood grocery store, every brand of tagliatelle will have slightly different instructions on the box. Be sure to cook your pasta according to the specific directions so that you can get the best results possible. Al dente is always best.

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How to Serve The Pasta

This dish is fresh, creamy, and perfect all year round. Serve up your portions using a set of tongs and top with a few extra shrimp before garnishing with lemon zest and chopped fennel. Plus, add a dash of fresh pepper if you’re looking for an extra kick.

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amazing pistachio lemon shrimp pasta

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s extremely quick and easy to prepare while using only a few simple ingredients. Most importantly, this sauce uses no cream or other dairy products but still delivers an insanely creamy texture that you’ll have to taste to believe. Let’s get started! You won't believe the luxurious creaminess of Vincenzo's pasta dish! The succulent shrimp, zesty lemon, and buttery pistachios blend together in a way that creates a texture as rich as any cream-based sauce. And the best part? There's no cream in the recipe! This signature dish is a must-try recipe set to take over Italian restaurants world-wide.
5 from 2 votes


  • knife
  • Large pan
  • Small blender
  • wooden spoon
  • Lemon zester
  • Tongs


  • 250 grams Tagliatelle pasta 9oz
  • 125 grams Pistachio nuts 4oz
  • 2 Lemons zested
  • 250 grams Shrimp 9oz. uncooked
  • Small bunch Fennel leaves chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO. As much as required
  • Salt As much as required
  • Pepper As much as preferred


  • Start by cutting both lemons in half and put them to the side.
  • Place pistachios in a blender and add 7 tbsp of EVOO to the pistachios, blending until smooth.
  • Add a splash of water and continue blending for a few more seconds.
  • Drizzle 2-3 tbsp EVOO into a pan and put it on the stove at a medium heat.
  • Place the shrimp in the pan and squeeze the juice from the lemons into it.
  • Toss gently until the shrimp are fully cooked – turn the heat down if your shrimp are small so they don’t overcook.
  • Add the pistachio pesto directly to the cooked shrimp and stir until they are nicely lathered.
  • Add water to a large pot and bring to a boil before adding a tsp of rock salt and allowing it to dissolve.
  • Cook the tagliatelle in the pot according to the instructions on the box.
  • Once they are almost cooked, reserve about half a cup of pasta water.
  • Place the fully cooked pasta in the pan with the sauce and combine with the reserved pasta water, tossing it together.
  • Top with lemon zest and chopped fennel leaves and continue to toss until you reach a creamy consistency, then serve right away.


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How to make Lemon Shrimp Pasta Vincenzo's Plate

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12 Responses to Lemon Shrimp Pasta Sauce

  1. Kim July 23, 2023 at 11:59 AM #

    I love anything that is pasta and your recipe look divine and sound good.It is good to know ratio.of shrimp to pasta.Thank you.for your information
    It helps a lot

    • Vincenzo's Plate August 2, 2023 at 9:48 PM #

      It’s always a pleasure to share my knowledge and passion for Italian cuisine. If you have any more questions or need further assistance with the recipe, don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Happy cooking, and I hope you enjoy making and savoring the divine shrimp pasta! Buon appetito! 🍝🍤😊

  2. Matrix August 2, 2023 at 9:26 AM #

    My bro in law is a mideastern chef. He said he was taught to make this dish some 10 years ago by another chef. IDK when you invented it. It seems to have been around a while.
    Although he loves pistachios he didn’t like the dish but I can’t wait to try it. I’m excited.

    • Vincenzo's Plate August 2, 2023 at 10:05 PM #

      Cooking is all about experimentation and discovery, and I’m glad you’re open to trying new recipes. Don’t hesitate to customize it to your taste and make it your own. Buon appetito, and I hope you have a wonderful culinary adventure with this dish! 🇮🇹🍽️😊

  3. Kirsten August 22, 2023 at 3:50 AM #

    I made this, it was delicious and very easy! I followed the recipe exactly, except that I added basil leaves instead of fennel because that’s what I had at hand. Definitely give this one a try.

    • Vincenzo's Plate August 23, 2023 at 2:59 AM #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my lemon shrimp pasta sauce recipe! I think that’s a great idea, and it’s proof that you can be creative with recipes and still get great results.

  4. Mitch February 26, 2024 at 12:34 PM #

    5 stars
    Great recipe idea

    Are these quantities for 2 people?

    • Vincenzo's Plate March 1, 2024 at 5:18 PM #

      Yes, the quantities listed are perfect for serving 2 – 3 people. Enjoy making and savoring the dish!

  5. Nelson February 29, 2024 at 12:53 AM #

    5 stars
    This recipe was a great success! I made it for my father, cooking for him is a way in which I can meaningfully connect with him, and I thus greatly appreciate these creative yet accessible Italian recipes and videos. Thank you.

    • Vincenzo's Plate March 1, 2024 at 5:15 PM #

      Your kind words truly warm my heart, and I’m so glad you found the recipe creative yet accessible. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I hope you continue to enjoy cooking and spending time with your loved ones!

  6. Mark March 9, 2024 at 5:53 AM #

    I think I just made my best pasta dish ever

    • Vincenzo's Plate March 12, 2024 at 7:25 PM #

      Wow, that’s amazing to hear! I’m so glad you loved the lemon shrimp pasta. Thank you for trying out the recipe!

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