Buttery Shrimp Pasta

Bev, Bev Cooks

Bacon, butter and cheddar cheese create layers of flavor in this easy pasta dish – perfect for weeknight cooking.
5 min Prep Time
20 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Servings: 4 servings

Servings: 4 servings


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil)
  • 2 cups curly pasta
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • freshly chopped parsley, for garnish


Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; crumble once cooled. Pour out most of the bacon grease, reserving about 1 teaspoon in the pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter; cook over medium heat until melted.

Step 3

Add shrimp; season with salt. Sear 2 minutes on each side; remove shrimp from pan and set aside.

Step 4

Add sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet and sauté 30 seconds. Stir in cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta absorbs the water and thickens.

Step 5

Add cheese and stir until smooth. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and stir to incorporate. Stir in shrimp and bacon. Add lemon juice and garnish with parsley.