Garlic Butter & White Wine Seafood Pasta

I LOVE a good white wine sauce for pasta! This sauce is everything you want in a pasta dish- garlicky, buttery, and still very light compared to others!

I made this and posted it to my Instagram story a couple weeks ago and I was surprised to get SO many requests for the recipe. Pasta is not my strength in cooking by any means, but I can say that this is a solid recipe.  

This recipe is adapted from my best friend Donna– she has a culinary background and lived in Italy for a few years. We had a girl’s night a while back and she made this for dinner. I watched everything she did because I know nothing about pasta, and I was surprised at how easy it was!

She made this garlic butter white wine sauce and served it with angel hair pasta, shrimp, mussels, and clams. My god it was amazing! I had never been much of a fan of pasta before but now I crave this all the time. I cannot say it is authentic, but it is DELICIOUS!


I’m using ingredients that I ALWAYS have in my kitchen.  

  1. Base– The two main bases for the sauce are olive oil and white wine. Use Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. It does not have to be good wine, I actually use very cheap wine for cooking. If you can’t consume alcohol, you can substitute white wine vinegar, chicken broth, or a mixture of the two. 

  2. Aromatics– I like to use shallots, onions, & garlic

  3. Seasonings– Old bay, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, parsley & salt to taste. 

  4. Proteins– Shrimp & mussels. I buy both frozen so I always have them on hand, but use fresh if you can! Alternatively, you can use chicken or any other proteins you like. 

  5. Other- Butter, cherry tomatoes, angel hair pasta, parmesan cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

I don’t specify an exact amount of salt because you should be seasoning every time you add something new to the pan. Get in the habit of doing that and tasting as you go. This way the flavors can develop in layers and you are in full control of how it is seasoned.

Other ways to prepare & enjoy

This is a very basic version of a white wine sauce pasta. Sometimes I add fresh greens at the end like arugula and basil. I like to make a quick garlic bread with parmesan cheese as well. You can add anything you want! Sometimes I even make this with chicken and andouille sausage, and add a bit of Slap Ya Mama or Tony’s creole seasoning. 

If you’re going to make it with chicken, I recommend cooking the chicken first. Get a nice sear on it in the pan, set it aside and then continue with this recipe in that same pan scraping all the brown bits and juices from the chicken. 

You can also skip the pasta and make this as a saucy seafood plate to dip some bread into. I make it this way sometimes as a side to a steak dinner. 

Garlic Butter & White Wine Seafood Pasta

Buttery white wine sauce with angel hair pasta, shrimp, and mussels
5 from 7 votes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp shallot minced
  • 2 tbsp onion minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced (use less if you don't like garlic)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste about 1 tsp total for me
  • 3/4 cup white wine chardonnay, pinot grigio, or sauvignon blanc
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 10 mussels
  • 7 oz tiger shrimp peeled, deveined, tails on
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 4 oz angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • Heat 3 tbsp olive oil on low and sauté the shallots & onions until fragrant. Season with a sprinkle of salt.
  • Add the garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes. Add more oil if needed.
  • Add the Old Bay, garlic powder, & black pepper.
  • Add the tomatoes, season with salt to taste and sauté for 1 minute
  • Turn the heat up just a bit and add the white wine. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed.
  • Lightly season the shrimp with a bit of Old Bay, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add the shrimp, mussels, parsley, and dollops of butter. Cover for 3-4 minutes or until the shells open.
  • Remove the shrimp & mussels when they are done and set them aside. Turn heat back down to a low simmer.
  • Add your al dente pasta to the pan with 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water (make sure you salt your water when boiling the pasta). Mix until coated evenly
  • Add the parmesan and mix well. Turn off the heat once most of the sauce has been absorbed.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice and give it one more toss
  • Plate with seafood and top with parsley, parmesan, and crushed red pepper.
Keyword other, pasta

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Kristina

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Was a little on the spicy side for my family so plan to cut down on the red pepper next time.

  2. Karrey

    5 stars
    Amazingly flavorful!

  3. Joan

    5 stars
    good stuff

  4. Anonymous

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good! Not too saucy which was perfect for me. I only had red wine but I just used it as substitute for white wine and theres not a problem. I think it made the flavor even more stronger for the better? Anyways love this recipe. Came back to give 5 stars as I follow this recipe for the second time after a week!!

  5. Valerie

    5 stars
    Outstanding recipe! Took only minutes, but was flavorful and super fresh. Used frozen seafood. Added scallops. Where recipe called for seasoning the shrimp, o was generous with seasonings, added them to a ziploc bag and flavored my frozen scallops, mussels, and shrimp. Also substituted canned diced Italian flavored organic tomatoes and used a relatively inexpensive pinot grigio. Guests absolutely loved it!!!! Bursting with flavor, great textures, visually impressive, and highly aromatic!!!!

  6. Chef Da Da

    I think you saved my marriage with this recipe. Awesome. Don’t skimp on frozen seafood melody bags. Use fresh, if posible.

  7. Brandy

    5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious recipe! Please update your list of ingredients, it’s missing tomatoes. Soooo easy and full of flavors!!! Thank you again!

    1. stellanspice

      Thank you for letting me know! It has been updated. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment Brandy 🙂

  8. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I make a very similar pasta dish, I love this dish and also learned it from someone else (who worked at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia). In my friend’s version, instead of adding the shrimp to boil in sauce. I cook it like you explained for the chicken. I heat up pan with olive oil and pan-fry to half cooked the seasoned shrimp, then flambé it with a splash of brandy/cognac. (Be careful not to burn anything nearby). Remove shrimp from heat then start from your step 1. At the end, add the shrimp back after step 8/before step 9. ???

    1. stellanspice

      That sounds so delicious! I might try it that way next time. I love the flavor that cognac adds to seafood especially when flambeed. Thank you for sharing!

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