Hey Guys. Ever been to TGI Fridays? We never really did until we moved to Michigan. There’s not a whole lot around here to eat that I like, so we usually just go wherever our friends like. Friday’s has a good mix of hearty foods like ribs and burgers, but my bff and I love to get the Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta. Normally it has shrimp and chicken, but we always swap with each other, so she gets my chicken and I get her shrimp….along with all her peppers 🙂
This pasta is legit, trust me. But it is not, I repeat not figure friendly
Oh suuuure, those peppers and onions are healthy.
But cover them up in massive amounts of cream and cheese? Delicious, but not healthy!
Soooo…I’m always on the prowl to create new recipes that are there to satisfy my cravings, but also a bit healthier!
If you google this recipe, you’ll find allll kinds of amazing looking pastas. I’m more about creamy noodles than Cajun flavor, so this is my recipe. Take it or leave it!
Shrimp and Red Pepper Pasta
1 medium onion
1 pepper- I only use red, but do what you want
6 oz. sliced mushrooms
Crushed red pepper flakes
Spinach- however much you like!
1 tablespoon butter
1/3- 1/2 cup light whipping cream (I get a small carton and use half)
1/4 cup (or less) Parmesan cheese
1/2 jar pasta sauce- I use Ragu because it’s always on sale, and in my pantry
1/2-1b raw peeled and deviened shrimp
1 box of pasta (I use about 3/4 of the noodles and save the rest)
Start with your pasta
I used Barilla Tri-Color Rotini
Normally I use the whole grain variety but I had a coupon, plus it was on sale
On to the veggies!
Start with your onion and pepper
Heat a large skillet with some evoo and add in peppers and onions
Soften them up a bit
And add in sliced mushrooms and red pepper flake
I would say I use 1/2-1 teaspoon, I like spice so be careful k?
Wilt it all together to your liking and set aside
The mixture might be watery, feel free to drain it
And always use caution when draining because you could drop half of it down the drain…but I wouldn’t know or anything…
In the meantime, your pasta should be boiling away
I like a chewier bite as opposed to al dente
I follow the directions and let the pasta sit in the water with the heat off for the time I’m finishing up the rest
Add in cream, bring to slight boil, mix in cheese to melt, and pasta sauce
I love the luscious color
Don’t you love my spatula?- URS2SWEET 🙂
Bring mixture to a boil
Add in shrimp
I didn’t put in enough, I always guess wrong! Oh well…
After shrimp is cooked (seriously takes 2 minutes? Maybe?)
Add veggies back in and mix
Don’t you love the colors?
Now add that springy chewy colorful pasta!
To describe: creamy, chewy, a little spicy, absolutely all the things I crave!
What’s your favorite pasta dish? Can you make it at home?