Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Make this easy, one-pan shrimp pasta recipe with a Cajun flair and creamy sauce that's sure to satisfy any seafood lover. 

Normally, I don’t like a lot of seafood, but shrimp is one of my favorites. And mix that in a pasta with a creamy sauce and I am sold!

I found this recipe in one of my cooking magazines and knew we had to give it a try immediately. Most of the ingredients are items we usually have on hand, so we only had to grab a couple things to make this delicious meal.

The original recipe called for a green bell pepper, but we decided that a red bell pepper would be better in it. I think we also were forced into that decision because the grocery store was out of green peppers at the time.

Step by Step

As with any recipe, I start by getting my ingredients prepared. The bell pepper needs to be chopped, and the garlic minced. Then prepare the pasta according to the package. When you drain the pasta, reserve about 1/3 cup of the water.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add one tablespoon of oil to the pan.In a large bowl, combine the Cajun seasoning, flour, and shrimp and toss to coat the shrimp.

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Add the bell pepper to the pan and cook for a few minutes until they are crisp-tender.

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Add the shrimp and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they are done, making sure to flip the shrimp at least once while cooking.

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Put the remaining oil in the skillet and add the cayenne and minced garlic. Then stir in the liquid reserved from the pasta along with the with the salt, bay leaves, and tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Discard the bay leaves and add the half-and-half, cooking until heated through.

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Serve garnished with green pepper and parmesan cheese.

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe


Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Make this easy, one-pan shrimp pasta recipe with a Cajun flair and creamy sauce that’s sure to satisfy any seafood lover. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: half and half, pasta, seafood, shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 4 votes


  • 6 oz whole-grain linguine
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (divided)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 green onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Combine Cajun seasoning, flour, and shrimp in a medium bowl and toss to coat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan.
  • Add the bell pepper to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, until crisp-tender.
  • Add shrimp mixture to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes or until shrimp are done.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan.
  • Add cayenne pepper and garlic.
  • Add reserved 1/3 cup cooking liquid, salt, bay leaves, and tomatoes, bringing it to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Discard bay leaves.
  • Stir in half-and-half. Cook 1 minute over medium heat or until thoroughly heated.
  • Sprinkle with green pepper and parmesan cheese.
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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 622 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 313mg 104%
Sodium 1746mg 73%
Potassium 587mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 43g 86%
Vitamin A 42.3%
Vitamin C 77.3%
Calcium 54.7%
Iron 33.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

24 thoughts on “Creamy Shrimp Pasta”

  1. Shrimp and pasta go so well together, no matter the sauce! This one’s really lovely though, and creamy is always my favorite when it comes to pasta sauces. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. theclutterboxblog

    I love seafood. My husband does too except for shrimp, so I am always making shrimp dishes for my lunches! This is definitely going to be one of those!

    1. We will be having traditional Christmas Dinner with my family this year, but other years we have gone outside the tradition, and yes, this would be a great dinner to try for the holidays. I hadn’t even thought about that!

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