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Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Sep 8, 2021
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Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta
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Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe – Easy, quick, and delicious dinner! Seasoned shrimps are pan-seared then tossed in a creamy garlic sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and farfalle pasta. All you need is about 30 minutes to whip up this creamy shrimp pasta recipe. It is nourishing, super easy to make, and packed with flavor! This quick shrimp pasta recipe will become your new favorite – Enjoy!

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Directions

1. To make the creamy shrimp pasta: Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water, drain the pasta, and reserve for later.

2. In the meantime, sprinkle shrimp with onion powder in a shallow plate and heat 2 tablespoons of the reserved oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp on one layer and cook on each side for about 1 minute each, until shrimp turns pink or golden brown on both sides, season shrimp with salt while cooking. Remove the shrimp to a plate.

3. To the same skillet, add sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Saute sun-dried tomatoes in oil remaining from shrimp on medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Add the broth and half and half to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Add shredded mozzarella and 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.

4. Add dried basil, crushed fennel seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika and stir well. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

5. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, and reheat gently on medium heat. Stir in the cooked shrimp. If the sauce gets too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water. Let everything simmer on low for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine. Garnish with grated parmesan if you like, and serve the creamy garlic shrimp pasta immediately. Enjoy!

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Tips for the shrimp pasta recipe

This creamy shrimp pasta recipe is made with bow tie pasta, shrimps, in a delicious garlic cream sauce, ready in under 30 minutes. It is nourishing, super easy to make, and packed with flavor!

  • For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free brown rice pasta – just cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  • One special ingredient turns this shrimp pasta recipe from great to awesome: fennel seeds. Believe us, fennel gives a depth of flavor that will ravish your tastebuds.

Shrimp Pasta Ingredients

The shrimp is pan-seared then tossed in the creamy sauce with pasta. We love shrimp so much because it cooks super fast. You’ll love making this shrimp pasta recipe! Here are a few words on the ingredients for the creamy shrimp pasta:

  • Farfalle pasta: A great pasta shape with the same size as the shrimp for better tossing into the sauce. Use bulky pasta like rotini or penne.
  • Shrimp: Fresh or frozen shrimp (thaw in the refrigerator or in cold water), we like wild-caught shrimp for the best flavor.
  • Onion powder:
  • Garlic: Garlic will infuse in oil with he the sundried tomatoes.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: They bring a wonderful flavor profile to the shrimp pasta.
  • Half-and-half: For a creamy sauce that sticks to the shrimp and pasta.
  • Vegetable or chicken broth: To flavor the sauce and roundup up the dish.
  • Mozzarella: To melt into the cream sauce.
  • Dried basil: Basil is the perfect flavor combination with the garlicky, creamy pasta sauce.
  • Fennel seeds: With an anise flavor. The secret ingredient to this shrimp recipe!
  • Red chili pepper flakes: Adds a kick of heat.
  • Paprika: Add a smokey flavor.
  • Parmesan: A savory cheese to combine with shrimp and pasta at the end of cooking.

How to make the shrimp pasta

Cook shrimp and the sauce while your pasta is cooking. This ensures the pasta and sauce are both ready and warm at the same time:

  • Cook pasta in salted boiling water. Keep pasta al dente because they will soak up a bit of the garlic cream sauce.
  • Season shrimp and sear on both sides in a hot skillet. Remove to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, cook the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, half-and-half, and cheese.
  • Season the creamy pasta sauce with the spices, then add the cooked pasta.
  • Add the cooked shrimp to the pasta and stir well. Your creamy shrimp pasta is ready!

How to cook shrimp

  • Frozen shrimp is okay for this recipe but try as much as possible to buy wild-caught shrimp. Fresh wild-caught shrimp tends to have a better flavor. You can use the shrimp with the tails on or off.
  • Make sure you’re using a large skillet (at least 10- inches) because you’re going to need room for all the pasta.
  • Make sure not to crowd the shrimp in the skillet, otherwise, moisture will form and shrimp won’t sear properly. You’ll end up with steamed rubbery shrimp. Also, don’t overcook shrimp at the beginning, they will dry up otherwise.

What to serve with the shrimp pasta

Serve the creamy shrimp pasta with a side of garlic bread and a fresh green salad. A generous dash of high-quality olive oil is also a plus, but it’s optional.

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  • Kim

    2021-05-18 19:47:17

    This recipe was excellent! I’ve made other recipes similar to this, but this one had so much more flavor! I added a bag of fresh spinach to the sundried tomatoes and garlic step. Definitely a keeper!!

  • Marie Elene

    2021-04-20 19:43:57

    Definitely a keeper I added spinach Just the right amount of spices

  • Debbie B

    2021-03-16 12:52:43

    Very tasty recipe. I doubled it and added a pound of chopped asparagus and simmered until tender. Did add more chicken broth, maybe 1/2 cup to thin it out, also threw in a handful of grated parmesan. Was so yummy with crusty bread to wipe up the leftover sauce!

  • Terry

    2021-01-17 08:19:36

    The recipe was great the only thing I did different is I added sliced tomatoes on top while cooking and cut up some sausage and put it in the mix for a different twist took a picture of it and send it to all my friendsIt was out of this world thank you for your main recipe loved it

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