Baked Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

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Sharlene Rivera Modified: March 25, 2022
Baked Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

How To Make Baked Pasta with Shrimp

Savor a filling seafood dish with this baked pasta that comes with shellfish in creamy saffron-spiced sauce. Whip up a filling serving in just under 1 hour!

Preparation: 13 minutes
Cooking: 32 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • ¼cupextra virgin olive oil,plus 3 tbsp
  • lbslarge shrimp
  • 4cupswater
  • 2lbscockles
  • 8garlic cloves
  • 1tspaleppo pepper,or ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¾lbangel hair pasta
  • 1tspsaffron threads
  • ¼cupheavy cream
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1tbsplemon juice,fresh, plus 1 tsp
  • 2tspmint,finely chopped
  • ½cupsalted almonds,roasted


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the reserved shrimp shells and cook over moderately high heat for about 3 minutes, stirring, until bright pink.

  3. Add the water, cover, and simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Add the cockles, cover, and cook for about 3 minutes until the cockle shells open. Discard any cockles that do not open.

  4. Strain the shellfish broth through a colander set over a bowl. Remove the cockles from their shells and reserve them separately in a small bowl.

  5. In a small skillet, heat ¼ cup of the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the garlic and Aleppo pepper and cook over low heat for about 3 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned. Scrape the chile-garlic oil into a small bowl.

  6. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta for about 2 minutes, stirring, until pliable. Drain well and transfer to a bowl.

  7. Drizzle the pasta with olive oil and toss to coat. As the pasta cools, toss it frequently to loosen the strands.

  8. In the pasta pot, combine the strained shellfish broth with the saffron and boil over high heat for about 6 minutes until reduced to 3 cups. Add the cream and boil for 1 minute. Add the pasta and stir well.

  9. Pour the pasta and the broth into a 9×13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

  10. With 2 forks, toss the pasta with the reserved chile-garlic oil and cockles and season with salt and pepper. Spread the pasta in an even layer and drizzle with olive oil.

  11. Bake the pasta in the upper third of the oven for 15 minutes, or until the top is crispy.

  12. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes over moderate heat until just opaque throughout.

  13. Add the lemon juice and toss well. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint.

  14. With kitchen shears, cut the pasta into 4 squares. With a wide spatula, transfer the pasta to plates.

  15. Top with the chopped almonds and the shrimp, serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 908.12kcal
  • Fat: 32.75g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.71g
  • Trans Fat: 0.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.57g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 84.25g
  • Fiber: 5.99g
  • Sugar: 3.68g
  • Protein: 69.72g
  • Cholesterol: 234.70mg
  • Sodium: 1811.86mg
  • Calcium: 268.97mg
  • Potassium: 603.84mg
  • Iron: 39.53mg
  • Vitamin A: 165.60µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.71mg
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