Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Pasta with Shrimp is an Italian inspired seafood pasta recipe.  It’s decadent, easy, and you’ll love it!  I’m always looking for an excuse to use sun dried tomatoes.  I love the sweet yet tart flavor and the chewy texture.  They add some incredible flavor to any dish, especially when you use some of the oil from the jar to sauté other items vs traditional olive oil.  It’s a great combination of tender shrimp, creamy sauce, and sun-dried tomatoes in every bite.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil.  Cook the noodles according to package instructions.  I like to use fettuccini noodles, but any noodle shape will work just fine.  Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water before draining.  Then drain the noodles and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  I suggest using the oil from the sun-dried tomato jar.  It will increase the flavor profile of the dish!  Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes, and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Add the shrimp to the skillet and season with salt and paprika, to taste.  Continue to cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.  The shrimp should be about ½ cooked at this point.

Add the half and half, basil, and crushed red pepper.  Stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.  Add the parmesan cheese and whisk to combine and melt.  Let the mixture heat for another 2-3 minutes because this is where the shrimp will continue cooking.  Add additional time if needed but don’t let the shrimp cook for too long or it will become chewy and rubbery.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to coat.  Add the reserved pasta water to the skillet to help thin out the sauce.  I recommend adding ¼ cup and seeing how the sauce turns out.  You can always add more but you can’t take any out!  Keep adding a little water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Scoop the pasta into bowls, making sure to get some of the sun-dried tomatoes and shrimp, and serve warm.  Garnish with additional parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

A quick and easy meal that’s sure to satisfy!  You could substitute the shrimp with sliced chicken or even scallops for a slight variation.  Either would be just as tasty!

Happy Cooking!

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