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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

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Created by Mariam E.
This Spicy Shrimp Pasta is just so easy and so flavorful! Succulent shrimp mixed with golden pasta, in a finger licking sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes, Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings



  • 1.5 lb. large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • 10 oz. linguini pasta uncooked
  • 1 small onion petite diced
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 4 oz. adobo peppers in adobo sauce finely diced
  • 1 tsp black pepper or less to taste
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsps. tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato petite diced
  • 1.5 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup pasta water preserved from boiling pasta
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped, for garnishing.


  • Cook pasta al dente, according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, marinate the shrimp.
  • Heat a large skillet and add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and add in the shrimp to cook until almost fully cooked but not all the way through. About 5-7 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add 2 tbsps. olive oil and let it come to medium high heat. Add in the diced onion and continue cooking until the onion is tender or translucent.
  • Add in the tomatoes and sauté for a few minutes. Then add in the tomato paste, spices, salt, adobo sauce, pasta water and cream. Mix well and let them simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes until the sauce cooks well and becomes nice and creamy.
  • Add in the cooked pasta and shrimp backed into the pan. Mix everything together to coat the pasta well. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and garnish with some fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy.


  • Make sure you have enough water to cover the noodles.
  • Stir your noodles immediately after you drop them in the water, to prevent the pasta from sticking to the pot.
  • Don't overcook the shrimp. You want to see the shrimp turn an opaque pink and form a 'C' shape.
  • Use uncooked shrimp that have already been peeled and deveined
  • The spice levels are medium, if you want it more spicy, feel free to add in some chili flakes.
  • Make sure to reserve some pasta water to add to the sauce, this gives it a full bodied flavor!
  • Add a spritz of fresh lime juice for a tart twist that compliments the Cajun seasoning.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 272mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1364IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 3mg
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