Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta


A couple of different things made me dust this recipe off. One is that my hubby has been in the mood for broccoli lately. And my children enjoy broccoli, but they like it mixed in with other things (not just by itself).

And then there’s the fact that one of my favorite foods is shrimp. It’s tasty, quick to cook, and versatile. Who can ask for more?

This shrimp and broccoli recipe is one that I really enjoy making. Most of the components are healthy (you could make it even healthier with a Neufchatel cheese). And it’s quick to fix---ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Just my kind of recipe!


Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

1 pound frozen shrimp
12 oz broccoli florets (frozen, steamable)
2 cups pasta
1/2 cup white wine
chili pepper flakes to taste
1 cup mushrooms
½ cup chopped onions
3 garlic cloves
4 oz cream cheese
1 T butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Cook pasta according to the package. (I used a whole wheat thin spaghetti, but you could use egg noodles or bow-tie pasta. )

IMG_20110228_161040Steam broccoli in the microwave.

Cook onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add the wine and shrimp and cook until the shrimp are pink. Add cream cheese to the mixture and chili pepper flakes to taste.

Add the steamed broccoli to the shrimp mixture.

Drain the pasta and toss with the shrimp and broccoli mix. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.


Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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


  1. Another winner! I'm a big fan of shrimp, too, and I really enjoy broccoli so this is perfect. Neufchatel cheese and whole wheat pasta are brilliant suggestions for making it even healthier. I can't wait to make this. Thanks, Riley!

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  2. This does sound delicious and being a quick recipe is an added bonus. Looking forward to trying this dish, thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. Cleo--It's a little lighter than most of my recipes. :)

    Mason--Hope you'll enjoy it!

  4. This is a must & is perfect for Spring!

  5. Lara--I'm needing some spring now! I hear it comes officially later this month, but it sure is starting to feel like spring outside. :)

  6. This sounds great, Elizabeth! The fact that the main ingredients are frozen makes it even better. It's one of those dishes you can make at the last minute without a lot of planning or a trip to the store. Love it!

    ~ Krista

  7. Let me echo what everyone else is saying... love the fact that this can be put together at the last minute and that it can be tweaked to make it healthier. A winning combination, for sure!

  8. Wow - you hit all our favorite foods (except chocolate). This will be a keeper. Thanks, Elizabeth.

  9. Love anything with shrimp! And it's easy to adapt to those with food sensitivities (milk products being one). Thanks!!

  10. two of my favorite items and quick too. Adding to my collection of quick and easy recipes.

  11. Elizabeth, this is a standard in my house. we love shrimp and broccoli together. (Of course, I have to use gluten-free items, but it's just as yummy.) Thanks for your lovely version!


  12. Elizabeth, well done :). These are two of my favorite foods. I could eat it all day long. Now my family will tell you no it is Parmesan cheese or ranch as I eat it on almost everything. I laugh as now my 17 month old has to have the cheese and ranch too or he gets cranky.
    The boys take after their dad they hate any seafood why? I do not know they are crazy ha. But a person can only eat chicken for so long. We don't eat much read meat anymore, meat loaf is about it.
    I am going to love this dish thanks :)

    Sorry for the rambling everyone.

    The World of Book Reviews

  13. Krista--Honestly, I have all this stuff in my fridge and freezer at all times, I think. Definitely makes life easy to cook from the freezer! :)

    Julie--My favorite types of recipes!

    Mary Jane--Now I'm wondering if I can somehow put some chocolate in there. Dave is the one who comes up with my chocolate ideas!

    Erika--You can definitely make some substitutions to keep it lactose-free. :)

    Dru--Very quick and easy. :) Hope you'll enjoy it!

    Avery--I'm glad to see the number of gluten-free foods out on the market right now--it's got to make life so much easier!

    ~ Babs ~You've even got the baby converted to the Ranch and Parmesan! Ha!

    I've got some relatives that don't like seafood and it's puzzling to me! I can understand if someone's allergic, but to just not *like* it? Hmm.

  14. Just bought a big bag of broccoli at Costco. Great way to use some of it.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  15. Great looking recipe, I bet this is a crowd pleaser. Funny my grand kids love broccoli but won't eat a carrot, just makes me laugh. Anyways thanks so much for the recipe to try.

  16. Terry--Hope you'll enjoy it!

    Medifast--Maybe if you shredded the carrots on the top? Good luck!

  17. Elizabeth -- made this tonight (although I used the rest of the chicken thighs I'd bought for the chicken & sausage pasta recipe -- think it was Avery's) One note. Your recipe calls for mushrooms, but you forgot to include them in the 'instructions' part of the recipe.

    In a rare move of organization, I had all the ingredients prepped, so I knew I had to use the mushrooms. Either way, it was yummy.

  18. Terry--That *was* very organized of you! My boo-boo...ack. I added my mushrooms in with my broccoli, but they could be added earlier, too. Glad you enjoyed the recipe with chicken!