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Bowl of shrimp bistro pasta served up on the table.

Bistro Shrimp Pasta

Enjoy this Cheesecake Factory copycat shrimp pasta recipe at home. Juicy, crispy shrimp served up on top of pasta in a lemon basil cream sauce with vegetables.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheesecake facotry copycat shrimp pasta, shrimp and pasta, spicy shrimp pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9



  • 2 lbs shrimp
  • 1 egg whisked
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • grated lemon peel


  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups button noodles
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup basil
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked peppercorns
  • Pinch salt


  • Gather your ingredients and get ready to go.
    Ingredients to make bistro shrimp pasta on the table.
  • Place a large pot over medium-high heat and bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil. While it's heating, prepare the vegetables and sauce.

Prep the Shrimp

  • Add shrimp to a large mixing bowl and toss with salt and pepper to season.
    Shrimp in a glass bowl with salt and pepper.
  • Whisk eggs and buttermilk together and pour over the shrimp. Set aside and let them marinate while you work on the rest of the recipe.
    Egg and milk added to the shrimp to marinate.

Cook the Vegetables

  • Prep the other ingredients needed in the recipe. Finely slice the shallot. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Slice button mushrooms into quarters. Slice basil into ribbons.
    Vegetables for the pasta prepped on a cutting board.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sliced shallots.
    Shallots added to a pan too cook.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes for shallots to caramelize.
    Cooked shallots in a skillet.
  • Add the mushrooms and drizzle the remaining tablespoon olive oil over the top of the vegetables.
    Mushrooms added to the shallots to cook.
  • Sauté for the mushrooms for 2 minutes.
    Mushrooms are cooked in a skillet.
  • Add the halved tomatoes and stir. Simmer on low heat while preparing the sauce.
    Tomatoes added to the skillet to cook.

Prepare Sauce

  • Heat a second frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and cook until melted.
    Melted butter in a skillet.
  • Add the flour and whisk in the butter.
    Flour added to pan of melted butter.
  • Cook for 30 seconds. Pour in ¼ cup of the heavy cream. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat.
    Flour mixed in and cream added.
  • Take 2 garlic cloves and grate over the sauce. Return to heat.
    Grating a piece of garlic into the sauce.
  • Pour in ¼ cup more of the heavy cream
    Adding more cream to the pan.
  • Whisk until incorporated.
    Whisking the sauce.
  • Add juice from 1 lemon and whisk. Remove from heat, grate remaining 2 garlic cloves into the sauce and return to heat.
    Lemon juice added to the skillet.
  • Pour in remaining ½ cup of cream and whisk well. Cook for 3 minutes. Lower the heat to simmer. Zest the lemon over the sauce and stir in chopped basil, cracked peppercorns, and a pinch of salt. Keep at a simmer.
    Fresh basil and grated garlic added to the pot.
  • When the water boils, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
    Cooked pasta in a pot.
  • Add the white wine to the pan of sautéed vegetables pan and use a spoon to scrape up any browned bits on the pan. Cook at least 30 seconds to let the alcohol burn off, then add the minced garlic and lower the heat. Juice the lemon into the pan. Stir and let simmer.
    Cooked vegetables in the skillet.
  • Drain pasta and add back to the pot. Pour the pan with shallots and mushrooms into the pasta (juice and all).
    Adding vegetables to the pot of pasta.
  • Toss to coat all the pasta. Set aside the pot with pasta and cover to maintain temperature.
    Pasta and vegetables mixed together.

Cook Shrimp

  • Add Italian bread crumbs to a shallow bowl and add the shrimp.
    Shrimp in the breadcrumbs.
  • Toss the shrimp in the bread crumbs to coat.
    Shrimp flipped to coat all sides.
  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the hot pan. Carefully add shrimp in a single layer. Pan fry for 1 minute. Zest the lemon over the shrimp as they cook.
    Shrimp added to pan to cook.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and turn the shrimp over. Return to the heat and pan fry for 1 more minute.
    Cooked shrimp for bistro shrimp pasta in a skillet.

Put It All Together

  • Stir the sauce and pour over the noodles.
    Sauce added to the vegetables and pasta.
  • Add the uncooked ribboned basil to the pot.
    Basil sprinkled over the top.
  • Stir it to coat the noodles and vegetables with the sauce.
    Pasta, sauce and vegetables all mixed together.
  • Serve up in a bowl and top with shrimp and fresh grated parsley.
    Bowl of lemon basil pasta topped with crispy shrimp.
  • Eat and enjoy!
    Shrimp served up on top of creamy pasta.
  • Each bite!
    A fork digging into a plate of shrimp bistro pasta.