Creamy Shrimp and Spaghetti

A deliciously flavorful, easy, creamy and slightly spicy pasta dish! This one comes together quickly and can feed a crowd. A perfect weeknight meal or fancy enough for a date night – you choose

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Creamy Shrimp and Spaghetti

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Gluten Free, Under 30 Minutes, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Denise


  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter ⁣
  • 1 shallot chopped ⁣
  • 3 cloves garlic minced ⁣
  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp peeled, deveined and tails removed ⁣
  • 1 tsp kosher salt⁣
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper⁣
  • 2-3 tsp Calabrian chili paste⁣
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream⁣
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese⁣
  • 1 lb spaghetti ⁣
  • 2 cups baby spinach optional⁣

To Serve:⁣

  • Black pepper⁣
  • Crushed red pepper ⁣
  • Grated Parmesan cheese ⁣
  • Fresh parsley⁣


  • Fill a large stockpot 2/3 full with water. Generously salt and bring to a boil.⁣
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add butter and mostly melt. Add shallot and garlic. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to move around and coat with butter. Cook 2-3 minutes.⁣
  • Add shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to gently coat. Add chili paste and gently stir. Turn heat down to medium.⁣
  • Add heavy cream and gently stir. Turn heat down to low and cover. Cook 7-8 minutes. ⁣
  • Add spaghetti to boiling water. Cook 8 minutes. Once spaghetti is done to al dente (slight bite to the noodle), use tongs to move pasta directly from boiling water to shrimp mixture. Don’t drain as a bit of excess water will help thicken the sauce. Use the tongs to gently toss.⁣
  • Add 1/2-2/3 cup of reserved pasta water to shrimp and pasta. Add Parmesan and spinach. Gently toss with tongs. Cover and let cook 2-3 more minutes or just until spinach very slightly softens. Taste for seasoning. Add any extra salt, pepper or chili paste necessary for desired taste.⁣
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Plate and season with more black pepper and garnish with Parmesan and fresh parsley. Serve immediately.⁣
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