Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Shrimp Pasta

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb[3]I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes I feel like I’m giving my family the same kinds of things. They can kind of tell, too. Because when I make something like shrimp pasta, they say, “Wow, Mom! What’s the special occasion?”

Then I reflect that I’ve been making a lot of casseroles lately. :)

The nice thing about shrimp pasta is that it’s just as quick and easy as my casseroles, it's low on clean-up time, and it looks pretty on a plate. Attractive enough to serve for company, nice mix of tastes, and quick, too.

Simple Shrimp Pasta

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8 oz angel hair pasta
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup green peas (thawed if frozen)
5 oz garlic and herbs cream cheese spread
2 t butter
2.5 oz can sliced mushrooms
2 T milk
3/4 t dried dill weed or 2 t fresh

Cook pasta, according to package instructions. Cook peeled shrimp and mushrooms in butter. Sprinkle dill weed on top of shrimp. When shrimp are halfway cooked, add the garlic and herbs cream cheese spread and milk and heat until melted, stirring constantly. Stir in the peas to the shrimp mixture and cook until heated through. Spoon the shrimp mixture on top of the cooked pasta to serve.

Hope you’ll enjoy! This disappears quickly at my house. :)

Happy Birthday to Cleo and Happy Groundhog day! (Fingers crossed for an early spring…I’m posting this at midnight, so I’m still waiting to hear the news!)

And...I'm updating this post to make an important announcement--Early spring (yay!) is the word from the groundhog...and our friend Dave at My Year on the Grill has made an incredible chocolate bacon bark that my Lulu from the Memphis BBQ series is planning on putting on her menu immediately! Hope y'all will pop over to check it out. :)

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


  1. I love a "simple" recipe that looks like you spent a lot of time... It's the angel hair that gussies this up.

    i would serve this at a party!

  2. Simple but elegant. How lovely, Elizabeth/Riley!

    Happy birthday, Cleo. I jumped the gun yesterday. Silly me.

    And yes, may "Phil" stay grounded today.


  3. I made shrimp pasta last night, too. But with asparagus, shallots, garlic, red sweet pepper, olive oil, and white wine. They liked it! Yours sounds yummy, too.


  4. I think creamed pastas are a real treat and with your addition of dill weed (love that idea), this almost feels like a spring dish. Great because Phil, my favorite Groundhog, promises an early spring, just like you predicted, Elizabeth/Riley! Nice going!

    I’m looking forward to making your marble (dark and white chocolate) bark, too. For anyone who wants to see Dave’s twist on Riley’s chocolate bark, CLICK HERE!

    Eat with joy (spring is coming)!
    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  5. This sure says "special occasion" to me. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks wonderful, Elizabeth! I absolutely love angel hair pasta. Mix it with shrimp and wow! Dave's right. I could serve this to company. And Cleo's right ... check out Dave's blog with bacon and chocolate. How fun!

    Happy Birthday, Cleo!

  7. A Year on the Grill--I would, too! And--thank you for the bark recipe! Lulu thanks you, too. :)

    Avery--And Phil did! I'm so delighted!

    MaxWriter--Oh, that DOES sound good. I've been in an asparagus mood, too--maybe I can make believers out of my kids and husband! Your recipe sounds delish. :)

    Cleo--I love Phil the Groundhog! Especially because of his prediction. I've updated the blog post to reflect his happy news and also to direct folks to Dave's awesome bark recipe! Which I'm going to have to try ASAP!

    Erika--Special occasion look without the special occasion prep time!

    Julie--I've got Dave's bark going on Lulu's menu! She LOVES it!

  8. Snazzy yet simple to make. Thanks, Elizabeth

  9. Easy and elegant, love that, Elizabeth!

    Happy Birthday, Cleo! Let's hope ol' Phil is correct about an early spring--we just had our 2nd snowstorm of the year yesterday, and lost a tree in the front yard, right next to the bedroom windows where I was snoozing away!

  10. MJ--Thanks! Snazzy...I like that!

    Lynn--Thanks so much! I'm sorry to hear about your tree, but glad you were okay!

  11. WOW...this looks delicious and if I didn't have a foot of snow still in the driveway I would be heading to the store right now!!! I'll be serving this very soon ;-)

  12. I love that you used cream cheese to make the sauce. Cream cheese is slowly becoming a staple for me. This sounds delicious!

    Happy Birthday, Cleo!

    I'm afraid our groundhogs saw their shadows. A gorgeous day, very blustery, but we hit 50!

    ~ Krista

  13. Nanc--Hope you dig out soon! I'm hoping we don't get it here. :)

    Krista--Oh I just love cream cheese. Or the low fat substitute. They're both wonderful!

    It WAS windy today, wasn't it? But it felt practically springlike...we were over 60!