Lemon and Dill Pasta with Shrimp.


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I don’t think I’ve ever been on a picnic.

I mean, I’ve gone camping many times in my life and obviously attended BBQs,  so I’ve eaten outside. But, I’ve never packed a cute little wicker basket with fried chicken, mayonnaise-laden potato salad, and brownies (although, that might be because I’m not a big fan of the first two…but to be fair, I grew up with the notion that fried chicken = KFC, so these days the thought of fried chicken doesn’t excite me much ) along with a cute checkered blanket to spread it out in a park somewhere.

Picnic Although, sub that juice for wine and you’ve basically got an ideal picnic right there.                                                 (img source)

But it just sounds like such a cute, romantic notion, doesn’t it? Now that we’re getting into warmer weather, I’m thinking about all the summer-y things I want to do.

  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Buy cute, frilly sundresses.
  • Take Atticus swimming.
  • Go to an outdoor concert.
  • Go to a summer festival.
  • Eat a hand-breaded corn dog.
  • Eat ice cream. Frequently.
  • Go hiking.
  • Demand that Eric take me on a picnic.

Swimming Atticus This is what Atticus looks like when he swims. See why I need to experience this again?

So for when I check ‘picnic’ off my summer to-do list, I should really bring this pasta along. It’s delicious hot or cold, and the dill and lemon combo make it pretty perfect for summer.

Lemon and Dill Pasta with Shrimp | Better With Sprinkles (serves 5-6)


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 box whole wheat pasta (I used spaghetti, but any kind would do. Sub for GF if necessary)
  • 1 lb shrimp, devained and tails removed
  • 1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 large handfuls spinach, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Lemon and Dill Pasta with Shrimp | Better With Sprinkles


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft (about 8 minutes). Meanwhile, cook pasta. Drain and set aside when done.

2. Add garlic to saucepan and stir for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook until pink, approximately 4 minutes per side.

3. Add diced tomatoes + liquid, chili powder and basil. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 10 minutes.

5. Add pasta and toss. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta has soaked up the liquid. Add butter, lemon juice and dill and toss until combined.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Lemon and Dill Pasta with Shrimp | Better With Sprinkles

Have a good one!

<— What’s on your summer bucket list?

<— Favourite summer flavours/foods?

<— Have you ever been on a picnic before? What sort of food do you pack?

<— Hot or cold pasta dishes?



  1. Any pasta dish that can be eaten cold is always a winner.

    Heck, just adding sriracha can make a sub par one absolutely amazing.
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  2. Mmm this pasta dish sounds just as amazing as it looks! You’ve gotten me so excited for summer to roll on in full swing. Picknicking in the park is one of my favorite things- I usually load up on the fresh salads, crusty bread, hummus, cold cuts, fresh fruit and some vino…it’s almost too hot to eat hot foods. And of course this is all followed by an ice cream run, preferably soft serve on a cone ;)!
  3. Their is a summertime concert series in my town called “Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch” and everyone who comes brings a picnic! Their is even a contest for “best brunch”! People go all out. Wine and cheese, so many different dip and spreads and crazy foods that I’m struggling to recall at the moment. But it get to be quite the competition! But I say wine is essential. They even make picnic baskets with wine holders now
  4. Sandro and me used to picnic so much! Since we didn’t have a nice balcony but the lake in front of our house, it was so easy to put the food in tupperwares, grab a blanket and the bikes and go. I loved to bring cheese and bread, antipasti, prosecco, hummus and veggies and of course some dessert !
    Cold pasta – my favorite!
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  5. What, you’ve never been on a picnic?! I’m going for one this weekend in fact as the weather is amazing in London at the moment. I highly recommend taking strawberries and chocolate dipping sauce!
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  6. You know what…I’ve never been on a picnic either. That’s definitely something I would absolutely love to do this summer! I think I will need to put this on my summer bucket list.

    And this pasta sounds amazing! I love that it’s tasty hot and cold too!
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  7. A bunch of your items on the list are on mine too-especially eating lots of ice cream! I also want to ride a ferris wheel, go swimming, have my favorite boardwalk pizza down the shore, go hiking, and go on a boat ride!
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  8. I have a fully stocked picnic basket in my closet! Ready for a picnic anytime. But it must involve a body of water and atticus because that face is something I need to experience in person!
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  9. You were with us when we saw that couple picnicking in Toronto right??? Maybe? Anyway it’s funny that you wrote about that when I just saw a couple doing exactly what you were talking about.

    I love pasta and shrimp so I mean….. this looks delicious.
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    • I don’t remember a specific couple, but maybe it was just all the people in the park that inspired the thought?
  10. I love picnics… I seriously need to do them more. A boy did one for a first date once and it was soooo cute. Turkey sandwiches and applesauce (because I was in my applesauce stage) and wine! Any good picnic needs wine. So funny, after we saw all the people picnicking in Toronto it’s been on my mind!
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  11. Pretty much everything on your summer bucket list = my bucket list. Especially the ice cream. I haven’t gone out for a cone in years, and I’m just waiting for the first heat wave to arrive so I can enjoy some Baskin Robbins!

    One more thing I have on my list though: spend an entire hot summer day couped up inside, watching my favorite movie, Jean de Florette and its sequel, Manon of the Springs. It takes an entire day to watch and enjoy, but it’s so worth it!

    I love picnics, but haven’t gone on one since I was a little kid. I’ve been scouting on some places though, and I have the perfect locations in mind for whenever I do decide to go!
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  12. You know I’ve never been on a picnic either (I don’t count eating in my car after a run before a hike as a picnic ), and now I want to do that this summer too. Hitting the beach for a day or two and going swimming would be awesome, too this pasta sounds delicious…not always a huge seafood in pasta fan, but I think it’s a necessity for summer!
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  13. I love picnics and I agree that this would be perfect for one! I also want to do all the things on your list, especially take Atticus swimming. omg, so cute!
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  14. I’m so excited to get out hiking this summer! Taking Bentley swimming is also on the list, he looks so funny when he is wet! This pasta sounds good!
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  15. Ah! The thought of a summer bucket list just made me extremely excited. There are soooo many things I want to do, but stand up paddle boarding, HIKING, exploring, sky diving (next month!) and so, so, SO much more. I live in a playground.
  16. hhaha that picture of Atticus is perfection. I haven’t gone on a picnic in agessssss, but they are fun and cutesy. Gah your summer list sounds a lot like mine, especially the frilly dresses. Bring ’em on!
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  17. Yes, definitely sub that juice for the red juice of grapes. Yummy! Now I am craving sitting outside picnic-ing – I might have to try to make it happen this weekend!
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  18. I reallllly love shrimp in pasta! It’s such a great summer flavor combination. And that photo of Atti swimming. #idie
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  19. Cold EVERYTHING. I’m a huge fan of cold pasta, and pizza… and watermelon <– which is probably my all-time favourite summer food, despite the fact that it gives me a melon baby And you have to promise me that at some point in my life you will let me see Atti swimming in person. And not to judge me as a horrible person when I start laughing hysterically
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    • I just tried to imagine tasting hot watermelon, and nope…sounds pretty gross. And no judging, because I will be dying of laughter right along with you
  20. Ohhhh I just LOVE summer time. Everything about it. This pasta salad looks like an amazing addition my summer too! Yum!
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  21. Lemon, dill, and shrimp are so good together! This looks awesome girl!

    I’m so excited for summer – if it ever gets here. I want to go hiking, go to the beach, have BBQs with friends, go camping, make several day trips into Toronto, go to farmers markets, and make lots of desserts with local summer fruits. Ahhh can it just get here already!?
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    • Ohh, camping! I was talking to a friend of mine about how that definitely needs to happen this summer. And farmers markets! Ahhh so many good things over the next couple of months.
  22. OH MY GOODNESS what a cute picture of him swimming!!!!!!! I always dream of all the fun things I want to do during the summer and then it gets too hot! Its more like all of the things I want to do in the two weeks of spring lol.
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    • haha that’s definitely fair! We definitely get a heat wave or two that makes we want to huddle next to the air conditioner for a few days at a time.
  23. I LOVE picnics! We used to have them in the backyard during the summer when I was a kid, but I’ve never actually gone to a park and done it up right with the big basket and checkered blanket and stuff. I want to though! I’m pretty sure it’s every girl’s dream to have a romantical (yes, I just made that a word) picnic with her love…what we tend to forget are the bugs, the wind, and oh yeah, who left the eating utensils at home?! Haha! Seriously though, I’d love to go on a “real” picnic someday! One of my summer bucket list items is to go to the strawberry farm to pick fresh strawberries. I’m really hoping it stays open past next weekend (for obvious reasons) because I waited too long last year and missed my chance! It was so much fun when I went for the first time two years ago…one for the bucket, two for me!

    It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of pasta, but I LOVE pasta salad and other cold pasta dishes! One of my favorites is a simple one that’s mayonnaise-based with peas and ham in it…so damn good…though I’ve never actually made it myself! Other favorite summer foods: ALL THE FRUIT and sandwiches!
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