Shrimp and Pasta Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

This pasta and shrimp recipe also includes peas and peppers. It's delicious!

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, which makes them so great for adding to a variety of dishes.

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.

I just love having meals that can pull double duty, and not worrying about what to have for lunch when the noon hour rolls around is such a blessing on a busy 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 then eat dinner when we get home, when we have a bit more time to enjoy it.

The best part about eating this dinner is that it is perfect with a glass of white wine. Just add a nice loaf of garlic bread or perhaps some rolls and you can call it a day!


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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
  • 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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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 66
Calories 545

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 198mg
Total Carbohydrate 77g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 35g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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.

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