Gemelli Pasta with Shrimp and a Lemon Butter Sauce is a delicious, easy dinner recipe to spice up a weeknight or weekend meal.

Speaking of pasta, what on earth is gemelli pasta? The name Gemelli is actually derived from
the Italian word “twins” and when you see this strand twisted spiral pasta, you’ll understand why.

This is a fun dish that would be great for Italian night and it’s easy enough that it would be a great dish to start
teaching the kiddos some basic cooking skills.

Gemelli Pasta with Shrimp and a Lemon Butter Sauce

We are all about those butter sauces. Or just butter in general.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
Keyword: Easy, Fiber, High protein
Cooking Method: Stove Top
Condition: Nut Free
Servings: 2 servings


  • 4 oz pasta gemelli shaped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz shrimp raw
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cups spinach baby spinach
  • parmesan cheese for serving


  • Bring pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • In a medium saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque. Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant. Add lemon juice and continue to cook until reduced. Add pasta and spinach and toss until heated through and spinach is wilted. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 4g

For more recipes that are dietitian approved, take a look at our NOURISHED: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating here.

Nourished 10 ingredients to happy healthy eating

Please note:

Nutrition info is approximate and may contain errors.

Did you know that 3 oz of shrimp provides you 20 grams of protein? We think that is so

Shrimp is such an underappreciated food – it’s packed with essential nutrients like vitamin
B12, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that we talk
about a lot, as it’s only found in animal products and a lot of Americans are deficient.

Deficiency of this vitamin is most often noticed when patients find that they feel tired and weak all the time, as Vitamin B12
is a vital part of the body’s energy production and without it, your body struggles to make enough energy
to get you through the day.

If you have a long-term Vitamin B12 deficiency, it can cause serious complications such as anemia

(where your body doesn’t produce or deliver enough blood to get oxygen to
all parts of the body) and damage to neurons in the brain.

Shrimp is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which help in preventing heart disease, lowering blood pressure,
controlling glucose levels, improve health during pregnancy, and increase brain function.

Omega-3’s have been show to decrease rates of depression and anxiety too.

Shrimp is great in almost any dish, especially if you are using a butter sauce like we did here.

And when you combine it with a pasta like this recipe does, kiddos will be more likely to try it if it’s a
new food.

For more of our favorite seafood recipes, take a look at these:





-Blog reviewed and updated by Rebecca Bitzer MS RD LD September 1, 2021


An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.