Creamy Shrimp Pasta

An extra creamy rich pasta with shrimp and tomatoes. Serve with Linguine noodles for the perfect special dish

If you are looking for a special kinda dinner this is it. You dont need to put much work for this creamy delightful pasta. Serve with a fresh salad and bread for a complete scrumptious dinner!

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I really love simple meals that taste like I put a lot of effort into them. Don’t forget to top with Parmesan cheese!

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Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 garlic gloves minced
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 box linguine noodles ( or whatever you like!)
  • 1 TBLS dried parsley
  • 1 TBLS dried basil
  • 1 TSP season salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon ( about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pasta water or more if needed to thin
  • fresh shaved Parmesan cheese for topping
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2.  Melt butter in skillet over medium-medium high.
    Sprinkle shrimp with herbs, seasoned salt, and a little S&P.
  3. Once butter has melted drop shrimp in skillet cooking for a few minutes until shrimp turns pink.
  4. Add lemon juice, diced tomatoes and simmer about 5 minutes. Next add in dollops of cream cheese stirring until mixed.
  5. Toss together pasta, noodles and a bit of pasta water if needed to thin.
  6. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Enjoy! xoxo

Recipe Source:  Lauren’s Latest 

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Baked Chicken Alfredo

Alrighty peeps lets get down to business and make some … pasta!

Did you know that this dish is super simple and very cheap to make? I calculated my dinner total at a whopping $1.62 a plate! So if you have no time in your day like me who runs around like a chicken with my head cut off on a daily basis then this is the dish for you!

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Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces ziti or pasta to your liking
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken ( I used a rotisserie chicken )
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and return to pot. Combine Chicken, pasta and Alfredo sauce ( recipe below ) and toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated.
  3. Pour ziti noodles into a oven safe dish that is lightly greased half way, sprinkle with 1/2 cheese and top with remaining noodle and top again with cheese
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Remove and serve immediately.

Alfredo Sauce:

1. Heating olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once oil is hot saute garlic about one minute until fragrant. Sprinkle flour and stir to combine and cook another minute. Slowly add chicken broth and milk whisking as you go. Simmer until thickened about 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper stirring until cheese is melted. Set aside until ready for pasta.

Enjoy!! xoxo.

Recipe Source:  adapted from Gimme some oven 

Spicy tomato cream pasta

A spicy and creamy rich pasta tossed in an angel hair pasta. Toss with chicken or shrimp for a complete dinner

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I have a super duper simple dish to share with you today. There is just something that I love about cream and tomato/marinara sauce mixed together, and this pasta undeniably fulfilled my pasta craving.

This sauce can be very versatile in that you can serve it alone with a yummy piece of garlic bread or serve with shrimp and or chicken or as a side dish.

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Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • splash of white wine ( optional)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound or box angel hair pasta
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese to sprinkle ( optional)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions

2.Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes,Add garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes and splash of wine cook 1 minute.

3.Add spaghetti sauce, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until heated through and toss sauce together with cooked angel hair pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Recipe Source:  adapted from Spicy southern kitchen 

Shrimp and Brocoli Alfredo

I was looking for a quick dinner to throw together and when I came across this recipe I could not wait to put it together. I made a few adjustments like swapping chicken for shrimp and adding some green! This dish was so delicious. Thank you Pioneer Woman!

 

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Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pasta ( we used a campellini) Hope I spelled that right..
  • 4 TBLS butter
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 or 2 brocoli crowns ( broken apart)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic gloves ( minced)
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3 TBLS heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • low sodium chicken broth for thinning
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated parmeasan cheese

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to package instruction

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp  and cook until no longer pink and set aside.

3. Add additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, followed by the minced garlic. Stir the garlic around the pan to avoid burning, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in wine, then let it bubble up and reduce for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add half-and-half, cream, and extra salt and pepper to taste, whisking constantly until it’s all combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. If it gets too thick, you can thin it with a little chicken broth. I used maybe a tablespoon. At this point I added my broccoli to the sauce.

4. Remove it from the heat and add Parmesan to the sauce, then throw the cooked pasta right on top of it. Add the Shrimp and continue tossing until it’s all combined. I returned my pan to a very low heat to warm.

5. Serve immediately and top with fresh Parmesan.

Enjoy!! xoxo.

Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman

Penne alla Vodka

My little family and I are big pasta eaters.. however my husband not so much, Well this recipe changed his mind! Maybe its the Vodka.. All I can say is this recipe is a must try!

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Recipe as follows:

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box Penne pasta
  • 2 TBLS olive oil
  • 2 TBLS butter
  • 1 Med onion chopped, finely
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup Vodka
  • 1 14oz can tomato puree
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  •  fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook Penne according to package instructions

In large skillet add butter and oil, Once melted add chopped onion and garlic cook 2-3 minutes. Add vodka cook another 3 minutes and add Tomato puree/ reduce heat to low and add heavy cream , stir in pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, tossing to combine. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

Top with fresh grated Parmesan and basil

Enjoy!! xoxo. 

Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman