Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Recipe by SandraMyersCourse: Main CourseCuisine: American, Italian


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  • Pasta
  • 8 oz penne pasta

  • Shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (drained from sun-dried tomatoes jar or just use regular olive oil)

  • 1 pound shrimp (without shells, and deveined)

  • 3 garlic cloves minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Creamy Sauce
  • 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes (without oil)

  • 4 garlic cloves minced

  • 1 cup half and half

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed, add more to taste

  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water (or more)

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Cook Pasta
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain the pasta.
  • Cook Shrimp
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add shrimp with minced garlic. Cook the shrimp on one side for about 1 minute, until shrimp turns pink or golden brown on that side. While it cooks, sprinkle salt over the shrimp to cover every single shrimp, not to crowd the shrimp in the skillet.
  • After 1 minute, flip the shrimp over to the other side and cook for about 30 seconds or 1 minute more.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a plate.
  • Make Creamy Mozzarella Sauce
  • To the same skillet, add sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil and sliced into smaller chunks, if needed) and more minced garlic.
  • Sauté sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (remaining from shrimp) on medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add half and half to the hot skillet with sun-dried tomatoes and bring to boil.
  • Add shredded cheese to the skillet, and quickly stir in while boiling. Immediately reduce to simmer.
  • Continue cooking the sauce on low simmer heat, constantly stirring, until all the cheese melts and the creamy sauce forms.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water.
  • Add basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika. Stir.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt gradually, stirring on low heat and tasting.
  • Assemble Shrimp Pasta
  • Add cooked pasta to the sauce, and reheat gently on medium heat.
  • Add the cooked shrimp, stir it in.
  • Taste, and season with more salt, if needed.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water.
  • Let everything simmer on low heat for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine.
Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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