Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta

This creamy mozzarella shrimp pasta is one of my family’s favorite meals. There is just the right amount of creamy Alfredo sauce to coat the shrimp and pasta. The red pepper flakes add a tasty twist to this shrimp recipe. Your family will be begging for it for dinner every night!

PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 20 mins TOTAL TIME: 30 mins SERVINGS: 6

INGREDIENTS  

  • 12 ounces penne pasta

Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp (with shell removed and deveined)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

Sauce

  • 3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • In a large pot bring water to a boil and add 1 tsp off salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Cook Penne noodles to al dente according to directions listed on the package. Then drain and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking combine salt, black pepper, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl and mix together. Then sprinkle envenly over both sides of shrimp.
  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add in shrimp and cook for 1 minute on each side or until shrimp turns pink with a touch of golden brown. Do not overcook the shrimp. Then remove cooked shrimp and set aside.
  • Lower heat to medium, add sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Add half and half to skillet and bring to a boil. Then add Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese, and stir until cheese has fully melted and been incorporated. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Add chicken broth, dried basil, red pepper flakes, paprika, and black pepper. Mix well and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Add cooked pasta to creamy alfredo sauce. Mix until pasta is completely coated. Then add shrimp in and gently mix until shrimp is coated in sauce.
  • Serve while hot and garnish with fresh parsley and finely grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
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