Tomato and Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp

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This tomato and zucchini pasta is so fresh and delicious. It is perfect for summertime when tomatoes and zucchini are abundant. This recipe is super simple but has tons of flavor and it can be easily customized to your diet. My family loves this dish, I hope you all love it too!

tomato and zucchini pasta in a serving bowl. there is a fork twirled into the noodles and the pasta is topped with fresh basil and cracked pepper

What You Need:

  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Shrimp – I get wild caught shrimp from ButcherBox
  • Garlic
  • Lemons – juice & zest
  • Olive Oil
  • Basil
  • Pasta – I used Barilla Protein Pasta
  • Salt, Pepper & Garlic Powder
  • Parmesan (optional)
large ceramic serving bowl filled with tomato and zucchini pasta. It is topped with fresh basil and cracked pepper. There is a blue and white striped kitchen towel next to it.

I have been making variations of this pasta for years. My daughter loves it and asks for it all the time. I love it because it is really easy to pull together and is a lighter, healthier pasta dish. There is no ‘sauce’ per se, it is really just lightly cooked tomatoes, lemon juice (and zest) and olive oil but the flavor is unbelievable.

You also get flavor from the shrimp, sautéed zucchini and garlic. Personally, I use loads of garlic lol, but you modify it to your preferences. It all comes together to be such a lovely meal. You can’t really go wrong with this one.

Overhead view of bowl with tomato and zucchini pasta. There is a small bowl of cherry tomatoes in the background.

Ways to Customize your Tomato and Zucchini Pasta:

  • Pasta – I used protein pasta but you can also use gluten free pasta, any regular pasta, hearts of palm noodles, or even zucchini noodles! This recipe can be made Whole30 and low carb by using hearts of palm or zoodles.
  • Protein – chicken would also be great in this dish! Or leave the meat out altogether for a nice vegetarian option.
  • Veggies – you can add whatever veggies you like, asparagus would be lovely in this!

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Tomato and Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp

This tomato and zucchini pasta is so fresh and delicious. It is perfect for summertime when tomatoes and zucchini are abundant.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 383 kcal


  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes or grape (halved)
  • 1 Large Zucchini or 2 small (sliced into half rounds)
  • 1 lb Shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 14 oz Pasta I used Barilla protein pasta
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Basil
  • 2 Tbls Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 4 Tbls Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan optional


  • Get your pasta cooking according to package instructions
  • Pat your shrimp dry with paper towel and season with the salt, pepper and garlic powder
    Heat 1 Tbls of olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat and cook the shrimp for 3 minutes a side
    Remove from pan and set aside
  • Reduce heat to medium and add in 1 Tbls of olive oil
    Add in the zucchini (cut into half rounds) and sauté for 3 minutes
    Then add in the halved tomatoes and minced garlic and cook another 3-4 minutes (until the tomatoes just start to burst) turn off heat
    Season the veggies with salt and pepper to taste
  • Add 2 Tbls of the olive oil to a large bowl with the lemon juice and zest, whisk to combine and toss with the cooked and drained pasta
    Stir in the shrimp and sautéed veggies (taste for seasoning) add salt and pepper if needed
    Top with fresh basil and parmesan and enjoy!


Nutrition facts are auto calculated and will vary depending on ingredients used 
To keep make this dish Paleo, Whole30 and Low Carb, use hearts of palm noodles or zucchini noodles (leave out the parmesan for Paleo & Whole30)
Use your favorite gluten free pasta if desired 


Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 22gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 704mgPotassium: 518mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 657IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 2mg
Keyword gluten free, low carb, paleo, pasta, whole30
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