And in “101 ways Lynette can make shrimp” news is this creamy, spicy and delicious number. This is not healthy. I repeat: This is NOT healthy. But it sure is goooood.

This recipe was inspired by a trusty friend and expert in all things creole, Elena.  We tried to start a recipe sharing group a few years back. This is an adaptation of one of the recipes she shared. Even though the group didn’t last, it will live forever in this rich and indulgent dish. I don’t suggest adding this to a weekly rotation, although you may want to. But I do insist that you bring it out on special occasions or when you want to impress a few friends. Take it to a potluck. That way you won’t be tempted to eat all the leftovers or lick the pan.

I use rotini, but you can use practically any type of pasta you’d like. You can also substitute the shrimp for lobster or any other shellfish. Or go crazy and combine a few!

Creole Shrimp Pasta
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. dry rotini or fettucine
  2. 1 tbsp. zatarain's shrimp and crab boil
  3. 1 stick of butter
  4. 1 bunch of chopped green onions, 6 or 7 stalks (green and white parts)
  5. 4 cloves of garlic
  6. 3 cups half and half
  7. 1 lb medium shrimp
  8. 2 tbsp. seasoned salt
  9. 2 sp. thyme
  10. 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  11. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  12. 1 tsp white pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the box's instructions, adding the crab boil to the pot of water before it boils. Drain cooked pasta and set aside.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet.
  3. Add in green onions, stir.
  4. Add in garlic and saute until onions and garlic are soft but not brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Slowly stir in the half and half. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  6. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the shrimp.
  7. Add in thyme and parsley.
  8. Simmer until sauce has thickened and shrimp is cooked, about 7 minutes.
  9. Add seasoned salt, cayenne and white pepper. Taste sauce. It should be just slightly saltier than you generally like, because the pasta will absorb some of it.
  10. Adjust sauce to desired level of spice.
  11. Now mix in the pasta. Lower heat and cook mixture 5 more minutes, Stir occasionally.
  12. Garnish with parsley, serve.
Notes
  1. This recipe uses rotini, but you can use practically any type of pasta you'd like.
  2. Also substitute the shrimp for lobster or any other shellfish. Or go crazy and combine a few!
  3. The recipe will be just as delicious without adding the crab boil to the pasta water. So don't stress is you're unable to find it.
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