Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hr | Yield: 4 Servings
Taste the freshness and creaminess of this dish in the comfort of your home!
8 ounces penne pasta (for a gluten-free version, use gluten-free brown rice pasta)
2 tablespoons olive oil (drained from sun-dried tomatoes jar or just use regular olive oil)
1-lb shrimp (without shells, and deveined)
3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes (without oil)
4 garlic cloves minced
1 c half and half
1 c mozzarella cheese shredded (do not use fresh Mozzarella, use pre-shredded Mozzarella)
1 tbsp dried basil (if using fresh basil, you can add more)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes crushed, add more to taste
1/8 tsp paprika
1/2 c reserved cooked pasta water (or more)
1/4 tsp salt
To Cook the Pasta:
Step 1: Refer to the directions provided on the package of the pasta noodles. Drain pasta and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.
To Cook the Shrimp:
Step 1: Drain the oil of the sun-dried tomatoes. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the oil.
Step 2: Place a large skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high.
Step 3: Add the 2 tablespoons oil of the sun-dried tomatoes and allow it to become hot.
Step 4: Add the minced garlic and shrimp. Cook for about 1 minute or until golden brown and aromatic.
Step 5: Season with salt and pepper on each shrimp.
Step 6: Turn the shrimp and cook the other side for another minute.
Step 7: Remove the shrimp from the skillet and place them on a clean plate.
To Make the Creamy Mozzarella Sauce:
Step 1: In the same skillet, add the sun-dried tomatoes and additional minced garlic.
Step 2: Sauté for about a minute or until aromatic.
Step 3: Add half and half and allow the mixture to boil.
Step 4: Add in the shredded cheese and stir until well mixed.
Step 5: Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture until creamy. Make sure to stir from time to time.
Step 6: Add more half and a half of the reserved pasta water if the sauce becomes too thick.
Step 7: Add the paprika, crushed pepper flakes, and basil. Stir until well mixed.
Step 8: Add salt if needed. I only add about ¼ teaspoon.
To Assemble the Shrimp Pasta:
Step 1: Add the cooked pasta into the sauce and turn the heat up to medium.
Step 2: Add in the cooked shrimp and stir until well mixed with the rest of the ingredients. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Step 3: Reduce the heat to low and simmer for a few minutes or until the flavours are well blended.
Step 4: Serve and enjoy!
Calories 632 Calories from Fat 207 | Fat 23g 35% | Saturated Fat 9g 56% | Cholesterol 330mg 110% | Sodium 1449mg 63% | Potassium 1335mg 38% | Carbohydrates 63g 21% | Fiber 5g 21% | Sugar 12g 13% | Protein 43g 86% | Vitamin A 720IU 14% | Vitamin C 18mg 22% | Calcium 444mg 44% | Iron 6.8mg 38%