One-Pot Lemon Asparagus Pasta with Shrimp


This quick one-pot shrimp and pasta dinner is cooked with asparagus in a lemony sauce. Feta cheese sprinkled over the top adds another savory layer, but feel free to skip it and add additional fresh herbs and a lemon slice instead.

One-Pot Lemon-Asparagus Pasta with Shrimp
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 shallot, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or penne

  • 1 ¾ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 12 ounces cooked shrimp, halved

  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice, or more to taste

  • Chopped tarragon or basil for garnish

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pasta, broth, water, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil; uncover, reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, for 8 minutes. Add asparagus and cook, stirring, until tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in shrimp and lemon juice. Cover and let stand for a few minutes until the shrimp are heated through. Serve sprinkled with herbs and/or topped with feta, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

433 Calories
12g Fat
53g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 433
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Vitamin A 913IU 18%
Sodium 432mg 19%
Potassium 667mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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