Spicy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

4.54 from 15 votes

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This Spicy Shrimp Pasta Recipe is covered in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with cheese. Plus it can be ready in about 30 minutes!

shrimp pasta

**Disclaimer: I was compensated to create this Spicy Shrimp Pasta Recipe for Eat Shrimp. All opinions expressed are completely my own, as usual 🙂

That awkward moment when you go to the dentist and one of your friends is THE dentist who just got hired on who is there to fix your teeth.

Yeah, that happened to me today. Pretty sure he gained a whole new level of understanding/disgust for me based on my oral health. I kept telling myself that he’s seen worse, but odds are my bicuspids will be giving him nightmares tonight.

YOU GUYS. These are the things I think about.


In other news….I’m supposed to be eating clean this month. I’ve developed a quasi-whole30 plan for myself that revolved around vegetables, fruits and all things from sweet mother earth…except I keep eating ice cream.

And obviously pasta. Burp.

We’ll see how the rest of March pans out {said the girl with a mouth full of peanut M&M’s}. I promise to post more ‘clean’ recipes soon, but in the meantime: PASTA.

OMG, I love this stuff. Um, show me a pasta I don’t love…oh wait. Never mind. Creamy spicy pasta with shrimp thrown into the mix; what’s not to love? This recipe is ready to eat in about 30 minutes, thanks to the super quick cooking shrimp and it has a nice little kick to it as well. If you don’t mind a little seafood in your dinner, then this is the meal for you! Give it a try tonight:

uncooked shrimp

Start by seasoning your shrimpies. I got the fish guy behind the counter to peel and devein mine for me while I kept shopping with the kiddos. Best idea ever.

cooked shrimp

Cook your shrimp, onions and garlic in a little olive oil and butter. I used the larger pan in this Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2-pc. Fry Pan Set. Pull the shrimp out and set aside.

shrimp pasta tomato sauce

Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes. Then slide your shrimp back into the pan and toss with pasta.


Oh yeah! You might want to cook some linguine while your sauce is simmering away! I used this Pour and Strain Sauce Pan for this {which was awesome because it means fewer dishes!}

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

So yes, as I mentioned before, toss your shrimp and your pasta into your creamy sauce and serve.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Orrrr, if you’re feeling fancy, add in some cheese and parsley. Totally up to you. I love the different taste that real Parmigiano Reggiano adds to this dish, so I’d recommend adding it in. But if you don’t have it on hand, don’t not make this.

I’m really good at double negative sentences.

Anyways, for more delicious shrimp recipe ideas, be sure to check out Eat Shrimp on their Facebook Page and Pinterest Page!

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4.54 from 15 votes

Spicy Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Creamy Tomato Sauce

This Spicy Shrimp Pasta Recipe is covered in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with cheese. Plus it can be ready in about 30 minutes!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3/4 lb. tiger shrimp peeled & deveined
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes*
  • 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 lb linguine cooked to al dente
  • parsley for garnish, optional
  • parmesan cheese for garnish, optional


  • Sprinkle salt & pepper onto shrimp and set aside.
  • Place large nonstick pan over medium heat and saute onions and garlic in olive oil and butter. Add in shrimp and cook until just pink. Remove from pan.
  • Add in red pepper flakes, crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano and cream an simmer lightly for 15 minutes. If you notice the sauce getting a little too thick, feel free to add in a little chicken stock or pasta cooking liquid. Add in salt and pepper, if needed and slide in cooked shrimp.
  • Toss with hot pasta, top with parsley and cheese and serve immediately.
  • *add in as much or as little red pepper flakes as you'd like. I liked mine pretty spicy!


Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1185IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spicy Shrimp Pasta
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17 Responses
  1. Brett Burbage

    5 stars
    Wow! So good! Like a dish at a fancy restaurant. It wasn’t hard to make and not too expensive either. I added capers and sun dried tomatoes but it didn’t need it.

  2. Ruthie

    5 stars
    Phenomenal! We have added a home economics class to our quarantine homeschool program, thanks to COVID-19, and chose to make this for dinner last night. This has the perfect balance of flavor and heat! Even my spice-sensitive kiddo licked his bowl clean. Only thing I did different was I added more garlic and put parm in the sauce too, because why not?! Thank you so much for such a delicious recipe! This will definitely be added to our regular rotation, per request of the kids! 🙂

  3. Jessie

    5 stars
    I love pasta, but I have to get rid of the weight I gained last semester of nursing school. I have to be at my pinning ceremony in WHITE scrubs in less than 7 months so I made this a little lighter with zucchini noodles in place of pasta and fat free half and half in place of heavy cream. It was so good….thank you for this recipe!

  4. Donnavie D.

    5 stars
    As soon as I have tasted it from my friend, I told myself I have to do it and make some for my family. I am shrimp lover specially with this creamy sauce. I so love it. Thank you.

  5. Maggie

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight with some tiger prawns I picked up at Costco. It was amazing!! My boyfriend and I both ate more than we should have. I doubled the amount of shrimp and added one extra clove of garlic and used whole wheat linguine. I will definitely be making this again!

  6. Melissa

    Living near the shores of SC, I have access to AMAZING fresh shrimp. I’m always in search of a great shrimp recipe. So excited to try this out! I think I may sub the chicken stock with a nice dry white wine. Thanks for posting! Looks tasty! 🙂

  7. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    Mmmmm. Just got home from church, it’s late, I’m tired but dang, I think that if I had shrimp on hand I would make this NOW because I’m also starving!