Asparagus ‘n’ Shrimp with Angel Hair Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
Shrimp and asparagus pasta sounds fancy and tastes incredible—but even home cooks who shy away from seafood can easily master it.

Updated: May 10, 2024

With its succulent pink shrimp, bright, herbal sauce and heaps of angel hair noodles, shrimp asparagus pasta looks like a dish you’d splurge on at a fancy restaurant. However, I’m happy to say that the meal is actually incredibly down-to-earth. Like our favorite easy shrimp recipes, it comes together quickly—although the ingredients list looks long.

There’s only one trick: set the table in advance. In the time it takes to cook the noodles, you can prep the ingredients, saute the shrimp and make the flavorful sauce. This seafood pasta recipe is equally suitable for a weeknight meal or dinner party.

Ingredients for Shrimp Asparagus Pasta

  • Shrimp: This recipe calls for fresh, uncooked shrimp, though you may substitute precooked shrimp for convenience. Use any type of shrimp you can find at the store, and be prepared to peel, devein and clean the shrimp.
  • Asparagus: Fresh asparagus is most delicious in-season, though it’s getting easier to find in supermarkets all year round. Look for springy stalks that snap, and stay away from rubbery or bendable stalks. It’s just a matter of preference when it comes to fat or thin asparagus. When you get home, be sure to clean the asparagus well so there’s no grit.
  • Angel hair pasta: Delicate angel hair pasta pairs best with subtle sauces like this one. Spaghetti, bucatini or linguine would work seamlessly as well.
  • Tomato: A freshly chopped and seeded tomato adds flavor and moisture to the delicate pasta sauce. The recipe calls for peeling the tomato first, which eliminates tough, chewy tomato skins from the sauce. Alternatively, you may use a canned whole peeled tomato, simply chop it up before adding it to the recipe.
  • Olive oil: Cooking the shrimp and sauce in olive oil adds richness and aromatic flavor. Use any type of olive oil you like, whether it’s regular olive oil or extra virgin olive oil. While extra virgin olive oil tastes best, its subtle flavor is lost a bit in the cooking process.
  • Garlic: Though this sauce is relatively mild-tasting, it does call for four garlic cloves, which add a zippy, aromatic backdrop that complements the vegetables and shrimp. Garlic lovers, add as much as you like. Swapping in garlic powder or salt works in a pinch, but the flavor won’t be as delicate.
  • Fresh herbs: This recipe is generously flavored with herbs. Basil and parsley add fresh, bright flavor, while oregano and thyme are earthier and more savory. In the summer, using all four might be no problem, especially if you grow your own herbs. If you can’t or don’t want to use them all, consider using one fresh, bright herb such as basil or parsley and subbing in dried oregano and thyme.


Step 1: Cook the pasta and shrimp

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. While it’s boiling, sprinkle the shrimp with salt and pepper flakes. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and keep warm.

Step 2: Make the sauce

In the same skillet, stir-fry the asparagus, mushrooms, tomato, garlic and onion in the remaining oil until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and seasonings. Return the shrimp to the pan.

Step 3: Toss the pasta

Drain the pasta. Add the noodles to the pan of shrimp and sauce and toss gently. Cook, stirring often, until the entire dish is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.

Shrimp Asparagus Pasta Variations

  • Use other pasta shapes: While angel hair pasta is a classic, you can use any pasta shape you like. Short noodles, like penne or fusilli, are good for kids. If you use gluten-free pasta, this is a naturally gluten-free dinner recipe. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make homemade noodles.
  • Add lemon: Love shrimp scampi? This recipe is similar, boasting plenty of garlic and a rich sauce. You can lean into the scampi inspiration by adding a bit of butter to the pan along with the olive oil when cooking the shrimp, lemon zest and a good squeeze of juice as you stir-fry the vegetables.
  • Switch up the veggies: While asparagus and mushrooms taste delicious in this recipe, this shrimp pasta works with virtually any veggies you like or have in season. In spring, try edamame or green peas. In summer, try green beans, zucchini, summer squash, chopped cauliflower or corn off the cob. In the fall and winter, consider adding a chopped roasted sweet potato or butternut squash, or sliced greens like kale or spinach.
  • Make it creamy: Add a splash of heavy cream along with the wine and seasonings. A bit of plain yogurt or half-and-half works, too.

How to Store Shrimp Asparagus Pasta

Leftover shrimp and asparagus pasta should be kept in the refrigerator, tightly sealed in an airtight container. It will keep for up to two days, although the pasta may soften a bit as it absorbs more of the sauce. To revive it, consider adding a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon to pasta bowls after reheating.

Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Tips

Can you use cooked shrimp for shrimp asparagus pasta?

You may use pre-cooked shrimp in this recipe. If you do, skip stir-frying the shrimp and instead add the cooked shrimp to the pan after the wine and seasonings have been added. Keep the heat on for a moment or two longer to warm them through.

How do you know when shrimp is done cooking?

Shrimp are cooked when they become opaque and their flesh turns pink. It doesn’t take very long, so keep a close eye on the pot. Overcooked shrimp can be tough and a bit chewy.

What can you serve with shrimp asparagus pasta?

A natural pairing with shrimp asparagus pasta is a loaf of crusty bread and a leafy green salad. If you like, serve with a seasonal vegetable side dish or heat up some frozen broccoli, green beans or peas. If it’s a special occasion, finish with a classic Italian dessert.

Watch how to Make Asparagus ‘n’ Shrimp with Angel Hair

Asparagus and Shrimp with Pasta

Prep Time 30 min
Yield 2 servings.


  • 3 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded tomato, peeled
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper flakes. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; stir-fry until pink, 2-3 minutes. Remove; keep warm.
  2. In same skillet, stir-fry the next 5 ingredients in remaining oil until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add wine and seasonings. Return shrimp to pan.
  3. Drain pasta; add to shrimp mixture and toss gently. Cook and stir until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

1-3/4 cups: 488 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 584mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.

We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so when I plan a romantic dinner, this shrimp asparagus pasta with angel hair is one dish I like to serve. It is easy on the budget and turns out perfectly for two. —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland