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Creamy Southwest Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Creamy Southwest Shrimp Pasta

5 from 2 votes
Created by Mariam E.
A delicious pasta dish that is super easy to make and is a great weeknight meal for you family. This recipe can be made with other proteins of your choice.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


  • 10 oz. penne pasta raw
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsps. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup black beans canned or cooked
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 cup Fresh Cravings Salsa Chunky
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper optional if you want it spicy


  • 1.5 lb. raw shrimps peeled
  • 2 tbsps. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  • Cook pasta al dente and set aside. Save 2 cups of pasta water.
  • Marinate and cook the shrimps for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a pyrex bowl and cover with aluminum foil.
  • In the same skillet, place 2 tbsps. of vegetable oil and caramelize the onions. Then add in the heavy cream, pasta water, paprika, chili powder, taco seasoning, black pepper, salt and cumin powder.
  • Mix the sauce mixture together and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes until it thickens up.
  • Add in the cooked pasta, shrimps, corn and black beans. Mix together to coat everything well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Remove and serve. You can add some finely shredded Mexican cheese on top of the dish before serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.2g | Protein: 33.7g | Fat: 23.5g | Saturated Fat: 10.5g | Sodium: 926.4mg | Sugar: 7.7g
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