Creamy Shrimp and Rigatoni with Sweet Peas and Peppers: The Perfect Weeknight Meal

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

This shrimp and pasta recipe makes for the perfect weeknight meal. Try it today!

Shrimp Pasta Photo

Between sports practices, orchestra, school newspaper, PTA meetings and other night time activities, there is not much time to cook dinner. But I love making dinner for my family as much as possible.

Usually I have under an hour to cook dinner, serve it and clean up.  I am always looking to make gourmet style meals that are quick and easy. Creamy Shrimp and Rigatoni  with Sweet Peas and Peppers hits the jackpot.

Shrimp Pasta Picture

One of my “go-to” ingredients is frozen shrimp. I keep a few bags in the freezer at all times. They are already cleaned and can be defrosted in no time. The shrimp also cook up in a matter of minutes.

In this simple recipe, I pair shrimp with pasta and veggies. It can be served with a simple salad or some fruit for a nice easy dinner. One of the best things is that it can be reheated in the microwave for the nights where my family eats in shifts. It also makes great leftovers for lunch the next day.

There are nights where I make dinner early, feed the kids and then take the kids to where they need to go. My husband and I sometimes eat dinner when we get home. The best part about eating this dinner is that it is perfect with a glass of white wine.  Enjoy!

Shrimp and Pasta Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 12 ounces dried rigatoni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups english peas
  • 1 pound shrimp, cleaned, deveined and tails removed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni and cook for 10 to 11 minutes or until al a dente.  Drain pasta and keep warm.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat the oil on medium heat, in a large sauté pan. Add the garlic and peppers and cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the peas and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 more minutes or until they start to turn pink.
  3. Mix in the chicken broth and half and half. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce is bubbly.
  4. Add the cooked pasta. Cook on low until sauce starts to thicken. Sprinkle with the basil.
  5. Serve in bowls. Add salt and red pepper to taste.


Frozen peas may be substituted for English peas.

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Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.


I tried the recipie with some modifications. Instead of garlic n chicken broth i used onion and chicken stock. And i added carrot too. It tasted husband loved it

Emily caruso

This looks so good! Seriously, everything about it looks delicious and I'm sure it's something my kids would inhale. Plus, I think I have about 3 bags of frozen shrimp in my freezer right now. Thanks so much for the recipe!

Kristin at dizzy busy and hungry

Oh yes, this would totally work on busy weeknights. Easy and healthy too...right up my alley! This will definitely be a winner in my house!


I love this recipe! Always looking for new ways to use peas, so going to try this when the pea season starts!

Julia mueller

Definitely a winner meal for any night of the week! Creamy shrimp pastas have always been my favorite and I love how quick it is to make this recipe!


Lisa, this dinner looks SO good! I think I can even talk the husband around to shrimp since it's got lots of bell peppers too, which are his favorite thing in the world.