Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

How To Make Creamy Shrimp Pasta

This recipe for shrimp pasta promises a creamy dish without going overboard on the heavy cream. All the flavor comes from the rich garlic parmesan sauce.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 12ozlinguine pasta,dry weight
  • ½cupreserved pasta water
  • 2tbspolive oil,divided
  • 4garlic cloves,minced, divided
  • 1yellow onion,chopped
  • 8ozbrown mushrooms,sliced
  • 1lbfresh shrimp,prawns, without shells, washed and deveined
  • ½tspred pepper flakes,crushed, adjust to suit tastes
  • 1tspmild paprika,or smokey
  • salt,to season
  • 8ozcream cheese,at room temperature, low-fat or fat-free are fine to use
  • 2cupsmilk
  • ½cupParmesan cheese,grated
  • ½cuplight mozzarella cheese,shredded
  • salt,to season, if desired
  • 2tbspparsley,fresh chopped, to garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions in a pot of salted boiling water; drain and rinse, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water. Set it aside for later.

  2. While pasta is boiling, heat a large frying pan/skillet on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan and fry half of the garlic for about 30 seconds; add the onions, and continue sautéing until soft.

  3. Add the mushrooms and fry while occasionally stirring, until the mushrooms have browned. Stir through 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and cook them for 1 more minute.

  4. Transfer mushrooms to a plate and set it aside (keep any liquid leftover in the pan).

  5. To the same pan, add the remaining oil. Saute remaining garlic until fragrant. Add the shrimp and cook until they just begin to change colour. Add the pepper flakes, paprika and salt.

  6. Cook while occasionally stirring for a further 1 to 2 minutes to combine all the flavours in the pan, Add the mushrooms to the pan, stirring them through the flavours in the pan.

  7. Transfer the shrimp/mushroom mixture to the same plate the mushrooms were on.

  8. Add the cream cheese and milk to the same pan and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally, while breaking up the cream cheese.

  9. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, then add the cheeses. Once the cheeses have melted through, taste test and season with a little salt.

  10. Add the shrimp/mushroom mix along with the pasta into the creamy sauce, stirring everything through for a further 2 minutes on low heat. Add the reserved pasta water – ¼ cup at a time – only if needed or until reaching desired consistency.

  11. Garnish with parsley and serve!


  • Calories: 621.51kcal
  • Fat: 30.37g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.21g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.90g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.01g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.97g
  • Fiber: 2.63g
  • Sugar: 8.78g
  • Protein: 32.99g
  • Cholesterol: 172.67mg
  • Sodium: 933.86mg
  • Calcium: 471.43mg
  • Potassium: 623.81mg
  • Iron: 1.63mg
  • Vitamin A: 300.52µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.87mg
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